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: 1-800-561-9252, Ext. 6366 or 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. Kevin M. Klotz

Instructor of Music/Choir Director

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

Email: klotzk@wcjc.edu

Dr. Klotz teaches music classes and is the Director of Choirs.  Since 1999, Dr. Klotz has served as Music Minister at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugarland.  He has been named the Artistic Director of the Houston Choral Society.  He has attended choral conducting workshops at Westminster Choir College and Rene Clausen Choral School.  He is an active and participating member of the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and National Pastoral Musicians. 

Dr. Brittany May

Instructor of Music

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

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. 


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. 

Laura McDonald

Email: mcdonaldl@wcjc.edu

Laura McDonald received her Piano Performance degrees from Arizona State University (Bachelor of Music), the University of Miami (Master of Music) and the University of Oklahoma (Doctor of Musical Arts). Instructor for American Music and Music Appreciation and substitute accompanist as adjunct faculty at WCJC since 2005.

Lewis Pilot

Adjunct Instructor of Music (on-line)
Wharton Campus
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.

Richard Spitz

Adjunct Instructor of Music
Sugar Land Campus
Email: spitzr@wcjc.edu

Rick Spitz has taught as adjunct instructor of Music at WCJC for six years; he also teaches in Alief ISD. Mr. Spitz’s master of music degree and his professional doctorate in music education were earned at USC after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Spitz is a well-known trombonist in the Houston area, has worked with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet to name just a few, and has recorded and toured with America Brass Band.

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