Annie Stevens teaches studio percussion and directs the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble. As a member of the percussion duo, Escape Ten, she has performed in Atlanta’s prestigious Spivey Hall, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Festival in New Jersey, and proudly endorses Malletech instruments, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and Remo products.
She has performed internationally at music conservatories in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi’an; at the Paris Conservatory; 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. She can be heard on albums, Blue Earth County with the Kelly Rossum Quartet, and Escape Ten’s, Colours of a Groove.
She earned a D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied percussion with Michael Burritt. 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. She has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, and The Music Academy of West. Annie is a member of the College Music Society, and serves on the music technology committee for the Percussive Arts Society. She currently lives in Blacksburg with her husband and violinist John Irrera.