Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Suzanne Downes, Director of Bands

Suzanne Downes, conductor, percussionist, and music educator, has served as the Director of Bands/Music Instructor at Olney Central College since August of 2004.  Downes conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and is the founding director of the OCC Community Band which began in January of 2006. 

Downes has been invited to serve as guest conductor and clinician throughout the Mid-West.   As guest conductor, she has worked with the Eastern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, the McKendree University Percussion Ensemble and the Cummins Municipal Band, among others.  In November, 2013, Downes was the conductor of the Junior High Festival Band in Tuscola, IL.  In 2012, Downes served as conductor for the IMEA District 5 Junior High Honors Band.  Downes has been the clinician for the Clark County Jazz Festival, as well as serving many marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles and percussion sections at area high schools and middle schools.

As percussionist, Downes has been a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Evansville, IN since 1995.  She also has been a member of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Owensboro, KY.  She has served as featured soloist with the Cummins Municipal Band on drum set, and is in demand as a freelance percussionist throughout the region. 

Downes holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Evansville.  She studied wind conducting with James Keene, former Director of Bands at the University of Illinois; and percussion with John Tafoya, William Moersch and Brian Kushmaul.

Mrs. Downes can be reached directly via e-mail at downess@iecc.edu.

Andrew Pittman, Director of Choral Activities

The Olney Central College Music Department is excited to introduce Mr. Andrew Pittman as the new Director of Choral Activities. 

Andrew has chosen to focus on not only one aspect of vocal music, but to participate in all three venues: choral music, solo voice, and opera/operetta. Mr. Pittman believes that through excellence in one, excellence can be achieved in all arenas of vocal music, and that they are truly interrelated.

Originally from North Carolina, Mr. Pittman has a BM in Music Education from East Carolina University, a MM in Voice Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and is currently finishing his dissertation requirements at the University of South Carolina for a DMA in Choral Conducting. Additionally, Andrew has taught college-level voice, opera, and choral music as well as having performed professionally in opera and musical theatre.

Mr. Pittman can be reached directly via e-mail at pittmana@iecc.edu