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Percussion Ensemble (CRN 88260)

Six musicians dressed in black on stage, playing mallet instruments, bass drums, and other percussion instruments
Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble 2023-24 Concert Dates:
November 2, 2023
Fall Percussion Ensemble Concert
Creativity and Innovation District Living Learning Center Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.

March 14-16, 2024
Memory Palace: A Concert by Annie Stevens, Rachel Rugh, and School of Performing Arts students
CUBE, Moss Arts Center
Times: tbd

March 23, 2024
Percussive Arts Society, Day of Percussion
Moss Arts Center
High School Percussion Ensemble Adjudicated Festival
Guest Artist Masterclasses, Performances, and Clinics
Closing Concert Featuring Sympatico Percussion! (Closing concert begins at 5 p.m.)

April 16, 2024
Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert
Creativity and Innovation District, Living Learning Center, Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.

Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble (VTP), directed by Annie Stevens, is a university ensemble open to music majors and non-majors by audition in the fall semester. Past guests with the ensemble have included Michael Burritt (Eastman School of Music), Matthew Coley (Heartland Marimba), Heather Thorn, Scott Herring (University of South Carolina), Otu Kojo (West African Drummer), and Valerie Naranjo (SNL Orchestra, Lion King on Broadway). VTP performs a wide body of repertoire from classical transcriptions and chamber works to traditional West African drumming music and large percussion orchestra pieces. The ensemble features several guest artists throughout the year and students have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with visiting guest artists on several occasions. Percussion majors are automatically eligible for participation in the ensemble, and non-majors are required to audition at the beginning of the fall semester. (See audition info below). Non-majors must be equally proficient on mallet instruments and snare drum. No new members will be admitted to the ensemble in the spring semester.

Audition information:
All non-majors must show fluency on both snare drum and mallets to be considered for the ensemble. The audition for non-majors consists of the audition etudes (see the link below), as well as sight reading on both snare drum and mallets. 4-mallet technique on mallets is not a requirement for acceptance into the ensemble. There is an expectation that ensemble members will meet at least once a week for rehearsal outside of designated class time. Non-majors interested in auditioning should email Dr. Annie Stevens at to set up an audition date. The audition will occur the week before fall semester classes, or during the first week of classes. There will be no auditions for acceptance into the ensemble for the spring semester. Auditions only occur in the fall.

Find the audition packet here.

Instagram: @vt_percussion

View Past VTP Programs

Non-major students are encouraged to participate in the Symphony Band. Contact Polly Middleton to inquire about the Symphony Band percussion auditions.

Want to know more?
Annie Stevens is happy to answer your questions.

Contact Annie Stevens