Garrett Lathe, founding Artistic Director, has directed YCCM ensembles to critical acclaim for local and national audiences, including Cantanti being selected to sing at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2017. Mr. Lathe conducts Cantanti and Chamber Singers. Mr. Lathe received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Bemidji State University under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Brandvik. He has completed coursework for a Masters in Music at St. Cloud State University. Mr. Lathe has been a music educator for over 20 years, including twelve years at Sartell High School, where the enrollment in choirs nearly doubled under his leadership. After working full time in the business sector from 2013-2017 while maintaining his tenure with YCCM, Mr. Lathe re-entered the classroom as the Choir Director at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School. There he conducts a program of 250 singers in three choirs. He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician around Minnesota and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota, serving on their Editorial Board. He is active in community theater both as an actor and music director. Mr. Lathe’s wife, Holly, and family are all active in community theater and music organizations and reside in Sartell.