Nancy Prater and her husband, Michael, are the parents of four children, with one on the way. Mrs. Prater graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Secondary Choral Music Education. During her time at BYU she studied voice under Jennifer Welch-Babidge, Ruth Christensen, and J. Arden Hopkin, and performed in several operas and opera scenes under the direction of Lawrence Vincent. She also gained experience performing with BYU’s renowned choirs, in recitals, and oratorio performances, and student teaching at Orem High School mentored by Sterling Keyes. Prior to college she was privileged to study voice with Laura Stevenson, and sing under the direction of Robert Stovall and Peggy Graff in the award-winning choirs of Birdville High School, where she also played trumpet in the award-winning Mighty Hawk Band under the direction of Brian Gibbs, Joe Nunez, and Paul Heuer.
Over the years she has directed various community and church ensembles and currently enjoys serving as the Choir Director for her church congregation. Nancy maintains a private vocal studio, frequently performs as a soprano soloist and is an associate member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Before moving to Arizona she was the Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (DMCO) Youth Choirs Conductor's Assistant, maintained an active private voice studio, sang Soprano in DMCO's Grand Chorus, and served as Music Chairman for the Richardson Texas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her mentors include Paul Broomhead, Robert Dunn, Jean Applonie, Brett Stewart, and Joni Jensen.