Faculty and Staff


Joe Waldrop

Department Head of Visual and Performing Arts
Instructor of Music/Band Director

Fine Arts Building #122
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488
Phone: 979-532-6366
Email: waldropj@wcjc.edu

Joe Waldrop attended Tyler Junior College where he received his Associates of Arts Degree in 1980 and the University of Texas at Tyler where he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in 1984. He taught in the public school system of Texas for 14 years as a band director. He received his Masters in Music Performance-Theory from Southwest Texas State University in 1995 and his School Administrators Certificate from Texas A&M University in 2003. 

Mr. Waldrop joined the staff of Wharton County Junior College in August of 2004, where he directs the Pioneer Concert Band, WCJC Jazz Ensemble, teaches music theory, ear training and sight singing, and applied lesson on percussion and woodwinds.

Debra Lemson

Instructor of Music

Fine Arts Building #118
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488 
Phone: 979-532-6910

Email: lemsond@wcjc.edu

Debra Lemson received her Masters degree in Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University and has been on our Music staff since 1979. She currently teaches Music Appreciation, Survey of Music Literature, Sight-Singing and Ear Training classes, and music major piano lessons, as well as accompanying the WCJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers in rehearsals and performance.

Dr. Karl Paoletti, Jr.

Instructor of Music/Choir Director

Fine Arts Building #117,
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488 
Phone: 979-532-6447

Email: paolettik@wcjc.edu

Karl Paoletti Jr. received a doctorate in music performance and vocal pedagogy from The University of North Texas. He has presented master classes and recitals at Western Kentucky University, Winthrop University, Stephen F. Austin University, Valdosta State University, Georgia Governor’s Honors Choir and at the South Korea Baptist University in Daejeon, South Korea. Dr. Paoletti has presented research in singing voice science at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conferences in Chicago and Boston and at the Care of the Professional Voice Symposium in Philadelphia.

Dr. Brittany May

Instructor of Music

Sugarland #222
14004 University Blvd.
Sugarland, Tx.  77479
Phone:  281-243-8555

Email:  mayb@wcjc.edu

Dr. May is an Instructor of Music at the Sugarland campus, teaching Music Appreciation and American Music.  Before joining the music faculty at WCJC Dr. May taught music courses at Houston Community College, Lee College, and Lone Star College-North Harris. 


Shane Blume

Email: blumes@wcjc.edu

Shane Blume studied vocal music education at Sam Houston State Universiyt where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998.   He then studied the interesting field of Kodaly Pedagogy at Sam Houston State University earning a Master of Music degree in 2002.  He then taught as a choir director in public schools in Texas for 10 years.  He currently teaches beginner piano and singing in Stafford, Tx.

James Cook

Email: cookj@wcjc.edu

James Cook holds degrees in Music from the University of Tennessee and Boston University.  He is currently a Band Director in Lamar Consolidated ISD, serves on the executive board for the Texas Jazz Educators Association, and teaches Music Appreciation. 

Rochelle Waddill

Email: waddillr@wcjc.edu

Rochelle Waddill received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Harding University and her Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Houston.  She has taught in both private and public schools since 1999, and has been with WCJC since 2010.  Due to a strong emphasis in opera during her studies at University of Houston, Rochelle sang for the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for 13 years before taking off to spend more time with her kids.  She currently teaches Music Appreciation, American Music, and Private Voice lessons for WCJC. 

Lewis Pilot

Email: pilotl@wcjc.edu

Lewis Pilot received his Bachelor of Arts in Music (summa cum laude) and Master of Music from Colorado State University and has completed his doctoral coursework in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he also held the position of Student Representative for the American Musicological Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Mr. Pilot has taught music appreciation for Wharton County Junior College since 2009.

Kevin Klotz

Email:  klotzk@wcjc.edu

Kevin Klotz received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Houston Baptist University and his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.  In December of 2015, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral
Conducting degree from the Moores School of Music at the University of

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