I Am Wilshire – Candy McComb.
Education: Music education bachelor’s from Texas Tech University; master’s in educational leadership from University of North Texas
Profession: Choir director and musician
Present city: Sachse
Tell us about your family.
I grew up in Lubbock as the youngest of four. I am married to Vic Henry, and we have two sons. Taylor and his wife, Rachel, are moving to New Jersey, and Lee lives in Austin. We have a fluffy Wheaten Terrier named Scout.
Tell us about your work or volunteer life.
After a rewarding career teaching middle and high school choirs in Garland ISD, I “retired” a few years ago. Since then, I have worked as a mentor for several school districts. I supervise student teachers in choral music for some area universities, and I’m a choir clinician and judge UIL choir contests around the state. At Wilshire I am the children’s choir coordinator, direct the Young Musicians choir and lead the summer creative arts camp. I sing in Sanctuary Choir, co-direct Nova, play piano for Youth Choir and serve in the Odyssey Sunday School class.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I love to travel. Vic and I visit Colorado and Hawaii often. My hobbies include watching movies, shopping and spending time with friends and family. During COVID, I even learned to cook!
What brought you to Wilshire and when?
We joined in 2017, drawn by the church’s love for everybody. Here I found room to think freely and grow my faith. It is refreshing to be able to express my thoughts openly, without fear of criticism. I was also drawn to the strong music ministry.
What do you think God is up to in your life right now?
God used the quarantine to teach me to slow down. I am working on that new skill and learning to say, “No.” I hope to accomplish this by fall, so I guess that means if you want me to do something, ask me before August — LOL!
What’s something interesting most people wouldn’t know about you?
I kept my maiden name for aesthetic and rhythmic reasons. I prefer the rhythm of Candy McComb (triplet, quarter) over Candy Henry, (four eighth notes). Musicians will be able to hear the difference. However, I have never wavered in my preference for Vic.
What strengths/adjectives describe you?
According to my CliftonStrengths assessment: Positive, Achiever, Connectedness, Learner and WOO (Winning Others Over) describe me. I would say that is quite accurate!
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