Annie Stevens is the Assistant Professor of Percussion (non-tenure track) in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech where she teaches studio percussion and directs the percussion ensemble. As a member of the percussion duo, Escape Ten (www.escapeten.com), she recently performed a full concert at the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Festival and proudly endorses Malletech instruments. Escape Ten performs new repertoire throughout the United States and collectively contributes to the growing repertoire of percussion music by commissioning composers, and publishing these new works under the Escape Ten Series through Keyboard Percussion Publications. Escape Ten premiered the wind band arrangement of Emmanuel Sejourne's Double Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone at the Virginia Music Educator's Association Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Recently, the duo performed in Atlanta's prestigious Spivey Hall and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
As a chamber musician and soloist, Stevens has performed internationally at music conservatories in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi’an; at the Paris Conservatory with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble; and has toured throughout Germany as timpanist with the Detmold Chamber Orchestra. Nationally, she has collaborated with New York’s Ensemble Signal and the Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Local engagements include those with the Roanoke Symphony as timpanist and percussionist, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, the Garth Newell Music Center, and the Virginia Sinfonietta. She can be heard on albums, the Kelly Rossum Quartet, and Escape Ten’s, Colours of a Groove.
Annie has been featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on numerous occasions, the Virginia Music Educator’s Association annual conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, the International Trumpet Guild, and the International Trombone Festival.
Stevens earned a D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied percussion with Michael Burritt. Her research interests are in the area of chamber percussion, percussion pedagogy, and world percussion, and she has pursued research on the music of Paul Lansky, having presented a lecture recital entitled, "From Electronic to Acoustic: A Study on Paul Lansky's Acoustic Percussion Music." She also holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.M.) and Rutgers University (M.M.), and spent a semester abroad at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. Her teachers include Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, Alan Abel, Chip Ross, She-e Wu, and Tom McGowan. Previously, she has served as a faculty member at Christopher Newport University and the University of West Georgia. Annie is a Malletech Performing Artist, a Remo artist, a member of the College Music Society, and serves on the music technology committee for the Percussive Arts Society. Annie currently lives in Blacksburg with her husband and violinist John Irrera.