Mrs. Candace Tillman, Private Vocal Instructor,

Wylie East HS/McMillan JH

Candace Tillman studied Music Performance in Voice with a Minor in Theatre at Graceland University in Iowa. She has worked as a private voice teacher for 21 years out of her home studio and has enjoyed a partnership with McKinney ISD for the past 7 years. Having a classical background, her teaching style focuses heavily on healthy vocal production, sight reading, music theory, and performance quality of chosen music.


She emphasizes a thorough understanding of vocal pedagogy (the anatomy of the voice) for her middle and high school students. Her students have consistently enjoyed the highest levels of success in their musical endeavors including exemplary ratings at UIL Solo & Ensemble contests as well as placement in the prestigious All-Region and All-State Choirs.


She has studied with many notable musicians & performed as a soprano with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Plano Civic Chorus, St. Louis Chamber Chorus, the University of Saskatchewan Chamber Choir (Canada), and Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich Opera) as well as enjoyed many opportunities as a soloist for oratorios and other large works with symphonies both domestically and internationally.


Candace has served as the Music Director at her church for the past 15 years where she leads children’s, ukulele, and handbell choirs. She and her husband live in McKinney with their 5 daughters and dog. She is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association.