Nathan Dame begins his twelfth year of teaching choral music and serves as Director of Choral Activities at Wylie East High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education with an Emphasis in Choral Pedagogy and a minor in Leadership and Administration at the University of Kansas.
He has served on the faculty of the University of Kansas and in elementary, 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 under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings at regional and state contests, have been named Overall Outstanding and Grand Champion in choral competitions throughout Texas, and have rapidly expanded in enrollment to become some of the largest choral programs in the area. In addition, they have been featured in performance at the 2014 Southwestern American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention, at the Texas and Kansas State Capitols, Disney World, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, the Texas Motor Speedway, and on Dallas-Fort Worth CBS 11-TV.
Mr. Dame has served in numerous leadership roles in his career and currently serves as the ACDA National Repertoire & Resources Chair for Junior High/Middle School Choirs and as Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 25 Vocal Chair. Past appointments have included TMEA Region 2 MS/JH Vocal Chair, TMEA Vocal Tabulations Chair, Section Leader for the 2017 Texas All-State Men’s Choir, Coordinator of Choral/Vocal Music for Denton and Denison ISD, and State Collegiate President of Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA).
An active presenter, clinician-conductor, author, and adjudicator, he has appeared in numerous state, national, and international conferences, including the International Voice Foundation Symposium, the NAfME National Music Education Conference, the National Conference on Middle School/Junior High Choral Music, the Southwestern ACDA Convention, the Texas MEA Clinic/Convention, and the Kansas MEA In-Service Workshop. He has published through the Choral Journal, ChoralNet, Southwestern Musician, Texas Music Education Research, Kansas Music Review, and RBC Publications, which used his compositions for the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Sight-Reading Contest. He has conducted honor choirs at the district, regional, and international levels, serving most recently as the clinician-conductor of the 23rd International Choral Festival in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mr. Dame has received Excellence in Teaching awards from both Denton ISD and Plano ISD, andhas been named the North Texas Children’s Choir Teacher of the Year. He has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships for study and arts advocacy initiatives. Outside of the choral classroom, he serves as Executive Director of InspireChoir, an online networking community for choral music teachers, which he co-produces with his wife, Ashley. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.