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Regina Harris Baiocchi

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Composer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Indigo
Favorite Food:
Pizza, Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baja, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Be the best you can be at what you're doing.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Composer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Indigo
Favorite Food:
Pizza, Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baja, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Be the best you can be at what you're doing.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Music composer Regina Harris Baiocchi was born on July 16, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois. Baiocchi received an education as eclectic as her talents. She has studied at DePaul University, Roosevelt University, Illinois Institute of Design and New York University. Baiocchi primarily composes instrumental and vocal music for opera, libretti and concertos. Among her distinctive compositions is "Gbeldahoven: No One's Child", a one-act opera written in 1996 about the careers of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance. In 1997, she produced "Dreamhoppers", another one-act opera that has been performed widely. Both works make use of varied musical traditions in order to express the multicultural nature of music. For Baiocchi, it is through music that the greatest strides in civil rights and cultural tolerance have been and will continue to be made.

Baiocchi’s compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as at festivals nationwide. "African Hands", an award-winning percussion concerto, was performed by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. Her opera "Good News Falls Gently" was performed in 1995 at the Festival Incontri Musicali in Rome, Italy. In 1998, she served as artistic director of the Roots & Wings concert at Chicago’s prestigious Ravinia Festival.

Baiocchi is also a writer. She has written several articles on several composers and musicologists. In 2004, she self-published a collection of poems entitled "Urban Haiku and Other Collected Poems" Her novel, entitled "Indigo Sound", was self-published in 2003. She created a piece entitled "Against the Odds" that combined her poetry and music into a single work which was performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Regina Harris Baiocchi was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 31, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Regina Baiocchi interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Regina Baiocchi's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Regina Baiocchi describes her family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Regina Baiocchi remembers childhood visits in Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nikki Giovanni recalls her first poem and "being lucky" to learn black history in grammar school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Regina Baiocchi tells of her parents' migration to the North
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Regina Baiocchi recounts her father's interest in the arts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Regina Baiocchi relates that her grandfather fled after murder accusation, abandoning his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Regina Baiocchi passes on her grandmother's stories of compassionless Southern employers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Regina Baiocchi remembers her maternal grandfather, Walter Belmont, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Regina Baiocchi describes her cultural heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Regina Baiocchi describes her cultural and linguistic heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Regina Baiocchi's great-grandmother tells of enduring brutality during slavery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Regina Baiocchi describes her eldest sister Marilyn Diann and recalls learning that blacks "come in different shades"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Regina Baiocchi describes her sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Regina Baiocchi describes her three brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Regina Baiocchi describes negative school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Regina Baiocchi describes a miserable time at a convent boarding school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Regina Baiocchi describes negative experiences at high school in a white Chicago neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Regina Baiocchi finds musical mentors at Dunbar High School, Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Regina Baiocchi makes her musical debut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Regina Baiocchi reflects on her childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Regina Baiocchi considers Grambling State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Regina Baiocchi attends Chicago's Roosevelt University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Regina Baiocchi gets advice from her father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Regina Baiocchi experiences the working world
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Regina Baiocchi encounters difficulties in her first teaching role
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Regina Baiocchi manages a bilingual classroom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Regina Baiocchi decides to write an opera
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Regina Baiocchi talks about her favorite authors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Regina Baiocchi discusses writing and producing an opera
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Regina Baiocchi turns her war poetry into music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Regina Baiocchi finds success at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Regina Baiocchi talks about her recent career and founding of the arts organization SUSAAMI
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Regina Baiocchi discusses her musical mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Regina Baiocchi faces obstacles in writing her Hurston/Hughes libretto
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Regina Baiocchi considers black predecessors in the music industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Regina Baiocchi's thirty year history with her white husband, Greg
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi's great-grandmother, 'Mama' Beulah Howard and great-aunt Annie Howard, Rutherford, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi's great-grandfather, 'Papa' Dan Howard, Rutherford, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi's great-grandmother, 'Mama' Beulah Howard, with an unidentified woman, Rutherford, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi's grammar school photograph from St. Elizabeth School, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1964-1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi with her future husband, Greg Baiocchi, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1972-1973
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Photo portrait of Regina Baiocchi by John Tweedle, 1975
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Photo portrait of Regina and her husband, Greg Baiocchi by John Tweedle, Chicago, Illinois, 1975
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi relaxes by playing the piano at Sinai Temple in Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988-1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Regina and her husband, Greg Baiocchi at a cotillion at Chicago Hilton and Towers, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1985
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Photo portrait of Regina Baiocchi as faculty of St. Thomas the Apostle School, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1982-1986
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi at the piano at Sinai Temple in Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988-1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Publicity photograph of Regina Baiocchi by Pete Turrin, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Publicity photograph of Regina Baiocchi by Reggie Payton, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1997-1998
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Publicity photograph of Regina Baiocchi with ethnomusicologist, Craig Williams, by Reggie Payton, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1997-1998
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi with poet Nikki Giovanni after winning a writing award sponsored by the McDonald's Corporation and 'Essence' magazine, 1984
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Self-portrait of Regina Baiocchi, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988-1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi's family gathers for a photograph after the funeral of husband Greg's uncle
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Regina Baiocchi's maternal grandmother, Dannie Howard Belmont, Rutherford, Tennessee