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Jeanne Jordan Johnson
Music and Dance Department Chair
Phone: (903) 983-8121

Jeanne Johnson was named to the faculty of Kilgore College in 1976.  During her tenure at KC she has taught private voice, voice class, music theory, fundamentals, and music appreciation.  Prior to her appointment here, she was a member of the faculty at East Texas Baptist University for four years.  Her educational experience began as she graduated from Kilgore College with an A. A. degree.  She then furthered her education as she graduated with B. M. ED. and M. M. degrees from Texas A&M University - Commerce; and then continued with additional post-masters study at the University of North Texas.  Mrs. Johnson was named during those years as: Who's Who in Music (KC), Honor Graduate (KC), Outstanding Music Student (A&M-Commerce), Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges (A&M-Commerce), and Honor Graduate (A&M-Commerce).  She has studied with Dr. Edward Baird, Scharmal Schrock, Carol Mayo, Melvin Marshall, Richard Rogers, and Sandra Craft.  Since leaving college she has been named to: Outstanding Young Women of America (1982 and 1985), Who's Who in American Women (1994), and Who's Who Among America's Teachers (1995 and 2004).  As a singer, she has performed with major symphony orchestras, college, community, church and civic choirs and choruses too numerous to mention.  She was a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist as well as a National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional finalist.  She has performed at the national convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and for the premiere event honoring Van Cliburn of the East Texas Enrichment Series. She was named Outstanding Faculty Member at Kilgore College for 2001-2002, the first fine arts faculty member so named.

Glenn Wells
Band Director
Phone: (903) 983-8272

Glenn Wells, a KC graduate, took over as head band director in September of 2011. Wells previously served as head band director at Chapel Hill High School, a position he held since July of 2010. During his 31-year public school teaching career, his bands have amassed 28 First Division rankings in marching contests and have won 26 University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes awards. Wells has also served as head high school band director at Pine Tree (2005-2010); Gladewater (2004-05); Overton (1997-2004); Livingston (1996-97); Kilgore (1989-1996); and Lufkin (1987-89). While band director at Overton High School, his bands won the UIL State Marching Contest in 2001, and the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Award in 2003. Wells earned a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 and a Master of Arts from SFASU in 1986.  He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental Music Education from SFASU in 1980, is a 1977 KC graduate and a graduate of Union Grove High School. Wells has lived in Kilgore for nearly 25 years, and is married to wife, Tracy Wells.  They have two children, Kirk and John.

Jim Taylor
Director of Choral Activities
Phone: (903) 983-8122

Jim Taylor is Director of Choral Activities at Kilgore College, where he directs the Kilgore College Chorale, the Camerata Singers, the East Texas Community Chorus, and the Kilgore College Children’s Chorus.  He also teaches Composition, Guitar, Music Appreciation, and Applied Voice.  Under his direction the Kilgore College choirs have performed the Brahms Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, the Beethoven Choral Fantasy,and many smaller works.  He was one of six instructors at Kilgore College to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2012-13 academic year.

Prior to coming to Kilgore, Dr. Taylor completed a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he was Narramore Scholar from 2006-8.  Earlier studies were done at the University of Miami, the University of North Texas, and Florida Atlantic University.  His inquiry into the choral arrangements of Alice Parker and Robert Shaw has been the subject of a dissertation at the University of Alabama and an article in the Choral Journal.

Dr. Taylor made his European conducting debut in 2005, conducting the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the Mozart Mass in C Minor and works by Ravel, Copland, and John Williams.  He was invited to return in 2006 and again in 2008 to conduct the KSOC in performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Britten’s Cantata misericordium and Haydn’s Paukenmesse.

Jim has extensive experience in the field of church music, having served churches in a full-time music ministry in Florida, Colorado, and Alabama from 1982 to 2006.  It was during this time that he founded the Jacksonville (FL) Children’s Chorus, which grew to 100 singers under his leadership.  The JCC performed at Carnegie Hall three times in children’s festivals, at Walt DisneyWorld, and at major venues in Jacksonville, and now numbers over 350 children.

Dr. Taylor’s choral compositions are published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music, Roger Dean Music, Choristers Guild, Colla Voce, and other publishers. 

Jim and his wife, Karen, have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Sandra Siler






Sandra Siler
Head of Piano Instruction
Phone: (903) 983-8120

Sandra Siler has completed her twentieth year as head of piano instruction at Kilgore College. A native of East Texas, she studied music at Kilgore College under Anne Dean Turk where she was named Who’s Who in Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where she was named the Paul van Katwijk piano scholarship recipient. She studied piano with Dr. Harris Crohn and pedagogy with Louise Bianchi and Dr. David Karp. She received her Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Dr. Andrew Parr. She is certified with the National Piano Teacher’s Association, Kindermusik and the American College of Musicians. While at Kilgore College she has organized the annual David Karp Piano Festival and the Anne Dean Turk Concerto Competition, and has developed an electronic keyboard laboratory. Her Keyboard Orchestras have performed at the National Piano Teacher’s Institute, the Texas Music Teacher’s Convention in Corpus, the Music Teacher’s National Conventions in Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as service clubs and organizations. Her 2011 Kilgore College Keyboard Orchestra opened the Texas Music Teacher’s Convention in Arlington, Texas. Kilgore College presented Siler with the Innovative Teaching Award in 2008. Sandra was named the Kilgore College 2011 Piper Professor. The Henderson Daily News has awarded her the Best Piano Teacher/ Musician in the East Texas Area numerous times, most recently 2010 and again in 2011. She is in demand to present workshops, piano concerts and adjudicate throughout the country. For more information please visit her website

Kevin Kelley
Music Instructor
Phone: (903) 983-8123

After teaching as an adjunct instructor for four years, Kevin Kelley joined the Music Department on a full-time basis in the fall of 2004. Mr. Kelley previously served for 12 years as the music director at Kilgore College’s public radio station KTPB. Mr. Kelley holds an Associate in Arts degree from York College in York, Nebraska, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University and a Master of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has spent his entire professional career in both radio and music education. He has worked for KHOC in Levelland, KFYO in Lubbock, KOHM in Lubbock and KTPB in Kilgore. He has also taught music from the preschool level to the collegiate level, working with the Lubbock Christian Schools, South Plains College in Levelland, Brandon Guitar Studio in Lubbock, Angelina College in Lufkin, and Kilgore College. An accomplished bassist, Kelley has performed with clarinetist Eddie Daniels and the SFA Swingin’ Axes, with the Jazz Bands at Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University and Kilgore College, and with the Sounds of Swing Big Band. He currently performs with the jazz combo Shades of Blue and various combos with East Texas jazz educators including Dr. John Webb from U.T. Tyler, Dr. Gary Wurtz from Stephen F. Austin State University, Mike McGowan from Panola College and Larry Greer from Angelina College. In addition to teaching bass lessons and music appreciation classes, Kelley works with composition students, teaches music theory, electronic music and leads Kilgore College's Jazz Combo.

Melanie Sullivan
Music Instructor
Phone: (903) 983-7527

Mrs. Melanie Sullivan earned an associate of arts degree from Kilgore College, a bachelor's degree in musicology from the University of Texas at Tyler and a master's degree in music theory from Texas A & M at Commerce. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Kilgore College Music Department since 2002, teaching music literature, music theory, vocal diction, and private voice. Mrs. Melanie Sullivan has performed as both alto and soprano soloist in many works, including Handel's Messiah, Rutter's Requiem, and Mozart's Requiem. Mrs. Melanie Sullivan is the wife of Mr. Peter Sullivan of Gilmer, and the proud mother of Jessica, Kelsie, Matthew, Nicholas and Brenna.




Michael H. Turpin
Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds
Phone: (903) 983-8207

Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Michael H. Turpin currently teaches music appreciation and applied woodwinds. Dr. Turpin earned a bachelor of science degree in music from Lamar University (1979), a master of music education degree from the University of South Carolina (1981), Texas Professional Counselor certification (1993), and a Ph.D. in educational human resource development from Texas A&M University (2003). A summa cum laude graduate of Lamar University, Dr. Turpin was honored with membership in Who‘s Who, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Blue Key and was selected also as the university’s outstanding graduate as well as the music department’s outstanding band graduate. His teaching experience includes two years as a USC graduate assistant and three years in the public school arena. He began his higher education career at Kilgore College in 1984, currently serving as Vice President of Institutional Planning and adjunct instructor of music. He was the recipient of Kilgore College’ s Outstanding Administrator Award in 1999 and 2008.



  Cathy Waggoner
Adjunct Instructor of Piano
Phone: (903) 988-7519

A native of Henderson, Texas, Ms. Waggoner is in her sixteenth year as a piano instructor at Kilgore College.  She studied piano with Anne Dean Turk at Kilgore College, where she was named in Who's Who in Music.  Ms. Waggoner received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of North Texas.  Ms. Waggoner has maintained a private piano studio in her home for the past twenty years.  She is also the pianist for First Baptist Church in Henderson, and directs the older children's choir there.  She has two married children, Timothy and Cindy.


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