Sarah Knapp Kidd

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sarah Knapp Kidd, 27, died on Jan. 28, 2014 after a short but brave battle with cancer. She died at her home in Manhattan, N.Y., surrounded by loved ones.

Sarah grew up in Bloomington and graduated from Bloomington High School North.

At Indiana University, she studied cello and designed her own program of study in conducting. She graduated with high distinction from Indiana University, graduated from the Juilliard School with a master's in orchestral conducting, and was a conducting student at the New England Conservatory.

The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Sarah was known for her brilliance, musical talent and work ethic. Despite her youth, Sarah was seen as a rising star in the conducting world and was featured in the documentary "Conducting Change."

She had been assistant conductor for the New York Youth Symphony, assistant conductor at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival, orchestra teacher at the Browning School in Manhattan and Juilliard Precollege conducting teacher.

Sarah will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, quick intellect, quirky sense of humor, and kind heart.

Sarah will be missed by husband Richard Berg of Manhattan; parents Gary Kidd and Patricia Knapp of Bloomington; sister Elizabeth Kidd of New Haven, Conn.; grandparents Helen Knapp of Greencastle, Ann and Marshall Kidd of Nashua, N.H.; aunts and uncles Richard Knapp, Carl and Nancy M. Knapp, Kitty and Gerald York, Nancy J. Knapp of Greencastle; Sherry Doyle, Kim and Scott Rogers of Bainbridge; Forest and Joanie Knapp of Roachdale; Steven and Margie Kidd of Pepperell, Mass.; Cindy and Charles Denison of Milwaukee; and numerous cousins.

A remembrance of Sarah will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2-5 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center lobby, 101 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington. A program will begin at 2:30.