About Our Team

nathanandashley-1Nathan Dame

Nathan Dame, Executive Director of InspireChoir, is in his eleventh year of choral music education and serves as Director of Choirs at Burnett Junior High School. He has served on the faculty of the University of Kansas and in middle and high schools in Allen, Denison, Denton, and Plano, Texas. His drive to inspire students at all levels and abilities have provided him opportunities to teach at all levels, as well as to serve music educators in teaching conducting, choral music methods, and supervising student teachers. Choirs and programs under his direction have repeatedly grown to become some of the largest and most successful programs in their region, frequently earning Superior, Overall Outstanding, and Grand Champion awards in choral competitions. Recent honors include invitations to perform at the Southwestern ACDA Convention, Disney World, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, the Texas and Kansas State Capitol, and the Texas Motor Speedway.
He received honors for Excellence in Teaching from Denton, Plano, and Denison ISD and was named North Texas Children’s Choir Teacher of the Year in 2012. An active presenter, clinician-conductor, author, and adjudicator, he has appeared in numerous state, national, and international conferences and publications. In October, he will serve as the clinician-conductor for the Middle School Boys Choir at the 23rd Annual Bangkok International Choir Festival. He currently serves as TMEA Region 25 High School Vocal Chair-Elect and has served as Baritone Section Leader for the 2017 Texas All-State Tenor-Bass Choir, Coordinator of Vocal Music for Denison and Denton ISD, TMEA MS/JH Vocal Chair for Region 2, and as State Collegiate President for Kansas NAfME.  Nathan is a member of NAfME, TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, TMAA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He holds a B.M.E. from the University of Kansas, a M.A. in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University, and is in his final year pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education (Choral Pedagogy) at the University of Kansas.

Ashley Dame

Ashley Dame, Artistic Director of InspireChoir, is passionate about teaching with heart!  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mississippi College and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University.  She dearly loves working with her high school choirs and serves as Associate Director of Choirs at Wylie East High School. She has enjoyed extensive experience with middle school choirs, as well. In 2015, Mrs. Dame presented at the National Association for Music Education on inspiring our upcoming generation of choral singers. This year, she will be presenting ideas & classroom techniques at Southwest American Choral Association (ACDA) Conference and also joining her husband in Thailand to conduct the Bangkok International Choral Festival Middle School Choirs. She is regularly sought as a Texas All-Region clinician for Middle School Treble & Tenor-Bass middle school choirs. Prior to working at Wylie East, she co-conducted the Harpool Middle School Kantorei Varsity Mixed Choir at their invitation performance in Little Rock, Arkansas at Southwest ACDA Convention. Prior to that, she served as Associate Director at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.  While at Blalack, Mrs. Dame conducted the 120-voice Concert Boys Choir. Additionally, she served as co-conductor of the Varsity Men’s Chorus, which was named 2011-2012 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) State Honor Choir and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Cambiata Institute Invitational Tenor-Bass Middle School Choir, 2012.

Choirs under her direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards and have been named Outstanding and Best in Class at festivals in across the state. Her additional professional experiences include performing arts marketing and event coordination for both the Dallas Symphony Association and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. In 2009, she was awarded the DFW Corporate Concierge, Inc. Performing Arts Vendor of the Year. As a choral musician Mrs. Dame has performed in Carnegie Hall, Canterbury Cathedral, Constitutional Hall, and the National Cathedral. This lifelong involvement has fueled her enthusiasm for choral music education and has propelled her to dedicate her life to music education-based research and supporting educational programs in collaboration with the performing arts community.

In 2012, she received an Award of Teaching Excellence from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Most recently, Ms. Dame received the Texas Choral Directors Association Young Director of Distinction Award for 2013 and has been named the 2013-2014 Young Alumnus of the Year from the Mississippi College Music Department.  She has served as TMEA Region 2 Middle School/Junior High Treasurer.  In 2013, she was a TMEA Poster Session Presenter on Selected Tenor-Bass UIL Literature Analysis and TMEA Clinician Presenter on “Keys to Successfully Teaching Music Theory in an Ensemble Rehearsal” for choir, band and orchestra divisions and TMEA Clinician Presenter on “Where the Wild Things Are: Coaching Middle School Males.” Her sessions demonstrated strategies for sequential scaffolding of musical elements relating to rhythm, pitch, terminology, and symbols and their efficient integration in a rehearsal setting as related to repertoire.