Christine Prater joined The Reno Wind Symphony in the fall of 2007. She began playing the clarinet when she was eleven years old and continued to play throughout her sophomore year at Diablo Valley College where she studied with Ernest Thompson.
Music was put on hold for a while due to marriage and raising children. However, she soon returned to music and began studying with Robert Borbeck. She also continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English Literature. After graduating, she began a long career of teaching English and Spanish at Virginia City High School and also taught private Clarinet lessons.
Prior to joining the RWS, she played with the Carson City Symphony, the Elko Symphony, The Western Nevada Community Theater Orchestra, and the Reno Municipal Band.