Rebecca (Becky) Hassell Kidd has been an active member of the musical community in Knoxville for most of her life. At the age of twelve, she started giving private piano lessons to children. Happily she continues teaching today. Following high school graduation, she studied music education at the University of Tennessee.
Becky is married to Kenton Kidd, a retired, long-time, high school choral director. They have two children: Thomas Kenton Kidd of Atlanta, GA; Jeannie Kidd Clark of Knoxville. Kent and Becky are the proud grandparents of three.
Since 1961, Becky has been the organist at Second United Methodist Church. During that time, she has served under three choir directors. In 1981, Becky started a handbell program ministry at the church. A few years later, she joined the American Association of English Handbell Ringers. Through this membership, Becky heard about handbell festivals. Consequently, in 1995, several area choirs performed at the first Knox Area Handbell Festival. She continues to chair the Festival Planning Committee.
Since 1981, Becky has served as the organist/pianist and choir director at Temple Beth El in Knoxville. Known as an outstanding accompanist, Becky has played for countless soloists and for many choral concerts in the greater Knoxville area.