About Annie Stevens

Annie Stevens, an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and internationally, is the Associate Professor of Percussion at Virginia Tech, member of the Escape Ten Duo, and Principal Timpanist of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Annie has performed and lectured at over 35 universities, at four international conferences, and was featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.” As a member of the percussion duo Escape Ten, Annie maintains an active performance calendar around the United States and abroad, having recently given the U.S. premiere of John Psathas’ double concerto, The All-Seeing Sky, with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Escape Ten publishes new works under the Escape X Series through Keyboard Percussion Publications and their Escape Ten Signature Mallets are available through Malletech. The duo has also performed a keyboard showcase concert at the 2016 PASIC, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Festival, Atlanta’s prestigious Spivey Hall, Orlando’s Steinmetz Hall, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum, and numerous universities. They have released two albums, Colours of a Groove and Our Favorite Things. As the principal timpanist for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, she was recognized as “impeccably responsive” by the Roanoke Times. She has also performed with the festival orchestras of the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (Florida). Annie’s primary teachers include Michael Burritt, Alan Abel, Chip Ross, Bill Cahn, She-e Wu, and Tom McGowan, and she holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.M.), Rutgers University (M.M.) and The Eastman School of Music (D.M.A). Annie endorses Malletech, Remo, Blackswamp Percussion, and Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and she is the Chapter President for the Percussive Arts Society, Virginia/D.C. Region. She lives in Blacksburg, VA with her husband and violinist, John Irrera, and their two daughters.