Joseph Gárate is a native of Los Angeles. Joseph earned a B.M. and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from CSULA where he studied with Susan Kane. Since leaving CSULA, he has appeared throughout Southern California in a number of operas, oratorios, and concert works. In addition to his work in classical music, Joseph is a songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader. He has showcased his original music at a variety of venues throughout the country including festival appearances at Echo Park Rising, Make Music Pasadena, and Lightning in a Bottle. His first full-length album will be completed later this spring.