Singing for the flame 

Choir students unite for 'Ignite'

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Singing for the flame 

Singalong \\ Practicing hand signs Aug. 29 in the choir room, Bel Canto girls get back into the hang of things for this year's Ignite theme.

Singalong \\ Practicing hand signs Aug. 29 in the choir room, Bel Canto girls get back into the hang of things for this year's Ignite theme.

photo credit: Jessica Sadberry

Singalong \\ Practicing hand signs Aug. 29 in the choir room, Bel Canto girls get back into the hang of things for this year's Ignite theme.

photo credit: Jessica Sadberry

photo credit: Jessica Sadberry

Singalong \\ Practicing hand signs Aug. 29 in the choir room, Bel Canto girls get back into the hang of things for this year's Ignite theme.

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This year, choir is igniting a flame of passion in every student. With the choirs bigger than they’ve ever been, Dr. Dame and Mrs. Dame have come up with a theme to get every singer fired up about singing–Ignite.

“I think coming up with a theme gives our students something to latch onto; it gives us a foundation to get better,” choir director Dr. Nathan Dame said.

I think Ignite means to light passion or fire of singing inside of you.”

— Emily Bartek, freshman

The choir program is led by Dr. Nathan Dame and Mrs. Ashley Dame, a musical power couple who regularly come up with activities to keep their choirs active and engaged while also becoming a pillar in students’ lives. They help their students with academics and let them catch up on work, or practice their music whenever they have the time. 

“I’m really motivated to get my letterman and become a better singer this year,” Jaelyn Williams, a junior in Women’s Choir said. 

Choir students can letter by taking part in All-State auditions, making region, pre-area, area and state choir. They can also letter by performing service hours, helping with fundraising or setting up for concerts.

“Choir is a very nice, energetic and comfortable place and everyone gets to be themselves,” Emily Bartek, a freshman choir student, said.

All of the choirs have blazing big plans for UIL and are currently igniting dozens of students to prepare for all-region/all-state auditions.

“I think Ignite means to light passion or fire of singing inside of you,” Bartek said. 

Round 1 of All-State auditions is Oct. 1 at McKinney High School.

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