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Leonard Slatkin

Darthea Redding Kerr

Darthea Redding Kerr

Darthea Redding Kerr, a soprano vocalist who worked as executive assistant to the National Symphony Orchestra and personnel manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, died Aug. 16 of cancer at her home in Essex. She was 61. Mrs. Kerr was born in 1949 in Philadelphia. She was the second daughter of James and Jane Redding, and was raised in Severna Park. Mrs. Kerr started singing as a young girl at school, where the choir teacher encouraged her to pursue singing, her sister said. "Music was a very important part of our life. Someone would play the piano and she would sing," said Katherine Snyder, of West Chester, Pa. "She was the only one of us who could sing. I...