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Annie Stevens

Christopher Newport University
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Director of Percussion Studies

Dr. Annie Stevens recently earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Stevens is the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, Professor of Percussion, and Instructor of Music Technology at Christopher Newport University.

Dr. Stevens has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and internationally. She performs across the U.S. with Escape Ten, a percussion group formed with fellow IP artist, Andrea Venet.  In 2012 she performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on a concert featuring her longtime teacher, Michael Burritt. In 2011, she was a featured solo performer at the International Computer Music Conference in Huddersfield, U.K. In 2009, she performed with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble at the Paris Conservatory and, that same year, was one of four Eastman graduate students invited to tour four Chinese music conservatories as part of the China Connection Ensemble. In 2004, she was awarded as a finalist in the Percussive Arts Society’s International Vibraphone Competition and performed at the PAS convention in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Stevens has performed with the festival orchestras of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland, and the Aspen Music Festival. As an advocate for new music and percussion repertoire, she participates with many chamber groups engaged in commissioning new works such as New York City’s Grammy nominated Metropolis Ensemble.

Her teachers include Michael Burritt (Eastman School of Music), Bill Cahn (Nexus Percussion Ensemble), Chip Ross (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), She-e Wu (Northwestern University), and Alan Abel (Philadelphia Orchestra, emeritus). Prior to her appointment at CNU, Dr. Stevens served as the assistant director of bands at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Stevens is also an active member of the Innovative Percussion Educational Team.