Bar­bara A. Knapp, mu­si­cian

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Bar­bara A. Knapp, a re­tired pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian, died of can­cer Nov. 11 at her Lutherville home. She was 68.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ca­tonsville, she was the daugh­ter of Her­bert Knapp, a schools pro­cure­ment di­rec­tor, and his wife, Dorothy Bab­cock.

She was a 1965 grad­u­ate of Ca­tonsville Se­nior High School, where she played sports and was named the school’s “most ath­letic fe­male se­nior.”

Ear­lier, while a stu­dent at Ca­tonsville El­e­men­tary School, she be­gan play­ing the clar­inet and later the oboe. She ini­tially stud­ied at the Pe­abody Conservatory’s Prepara­tory Pro­gram, and later earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in mu­sic from the Pe­abody Conservatory.

She be­gan work­ing as a free­lance mu­si­cian in the Wash­ing­ton-Baltimore area and was hired by the Na­tional Bal­let Com­pany or­ches­tra in 1971.

Ms. Knapp went on to re­ceive a Mas­ter of Arts de­gree at the New Eng­land Conservatory of Mu­sic and played on oc­ca­sion with the Bos­ton Pops Or­ches­tra and the Bos­ton Sym­phony.

She also played with the New Eng­land Conservatory Rag­time En­sem­ble. She per­formed with the group for Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford at the White House.

She re­turned to Baltimore in 1988 and joined the Con­cert Artists of Baltimore en­sem­ble. As a free­lance mu­si­cian, she played at venues in Baltimore and at the Na­tional Theatre in Wash­ing­ton. She re­tired in 2007.

She was also a soft­ball en­thu­si­ast and played short­stop on lo­cal teams.

She was a sea­son ticket holder to Baltimore Ori­oles games and was a de­voted fan.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. to­day at Ruck Fu­neral Home’s chapel, 1050 York Road in Tow­son.

Sur­vivors in­clude her wife, Bunny Creef. They were part­ners for 31 years. Other sur­vivors in­clude her two broth­ers, Her­bert E. Knapp of Glen Arm and Michael P. Knapp of Wash­ing­ton; a sis­ter, Bev­erly G. Knapp of Alexan­dria, Va.; a cousin and a nephew.

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