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Andrea Venet

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Andrea Venet

Andrea Venet

Andrea Venet is a marimba and percussion artist specializing in contemporary and classical solo and chamber percussion literature. She will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Percussion at University of North Florida in the fall of 2016. Andrea has also taught at Oklahoma City University, the Eastman School of Music and Marcus High School in Flower Mound, TX. Alongside an extensive teaching background, she has performed as a soloist, chamber, and large ensemble musician across the United States. She was awarded 2nd Prize at the PAS KoSA Solo marimba competition in New York City in 2013 and has competed in Europe twice, in the prestigious 5th Annual Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany and at Perkumania Paris International Marimba Competition in 2006.

In addition to her percussion duo Escape X, Andrea has performed as a chamber musician with the Eastman Chamber Players, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) four times, as well as being featured in the International Trombone Festival. Recently, Andrea was part of two world premiers at PASIC; Water by Alejandro Viñao, and Fandango 13 by Michael Burritt. She has also done three tours across the United States with the six-time World Champions Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Andrea can be heard on the albums Colours of a Groove (Escape X), At the Root of Identity (2nd place in the American Prize: Celebrating American Excellence in the Arts Chamber Music division), and Trilogy (Eastman Wind Ensemble). She has also professionally recorded music by Michael Burritt and Alejandro Viñao with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble.

Ms. Venet is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Performance and Literature with a minor in Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music, from where she also holds the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Andrea received her Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University and Arizona State University, respectively. Ms. Venet is a performing Malletech artist, endorses Remo and DREAM cymbals and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

 Escape X: Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet

"These are two remarkable artists whose voices blend seamlessly in a dazzling display
of marimba performance at its highest level."
-- Scott Stevens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra percussionist

Escape X is a percussion duo formed by Dr. Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet. Their name, Escape X, originates from their trademark "roadtrip" style performance tours in a Ford Escape, taking place throughout the United States. Their inaugural performance endeavor was a three-week cross-country tour, where they drove from Virginia to L.A. On this tour, Escape X performed concerts in 10 cities across the U.S.

Remaining passionate about exploring all genres and expressing these creatively through the world of percussion, their repertoire includes innovative arrangements and compositions commissioned exclusively by the duo. Their first album, Colours of a Groove, was released in 2014. They tour extensively as Malletech artists, are educators and have their own publication series through KPP.

In 2015, Escape X premiered their commission, 2300 Degrees, by Ivan Trevino, in Atlanta's Spivey Hall. They commissioned and premiered a new wind ensemble arrangement of Sejourne's Double Concerto at VMEA (VA) in 2014. Recently, Escape X performed at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia alongside keyboard virtuoso Leigh Howard Stevens and renowned vibraphonists Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf and Tony Miceli. Additional performances include the 35th and 36th Annual LHS Marimba Seminars, the McCormick Marimba Festival, the Minnesota Percussion Association DOP, North Carolina DOP, University of Central Arkansas, University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Eastman and the International Trombone Festival.




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