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Regina Harris Baiocchi

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.

Accession Number

A2000.002

Sex

Female

Archival Photo 1
Interview Date

5/31/2000

Last Name

Baiocchi

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Harris

Occupation
Schools

Dunbar Vocational Career Academy High School

Roosevelt University

New York University

DePaul University

Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Depends on Schedule

First Name

Regina

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

BAI01

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

Yes - Negotiable

Favorite Season

Summer

Speaker Bureau Notes

Additional Documentation in Wid-West and West Coast SB, Front Office.

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Baja, Mexico

Favorite Quote

Be the best you can be at what you're doing.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

7/16/1956

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Pizza, Popcorn

Short Description

Music composer Regina Harris Baiocchi (1956 - ) has composed music for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was most known for compositions of the one-act operas, "Gbeldahoven: No One's Child" and "Dreamhoppers."

Employment

Chicago Public Schools

Telaction Corp.

Catholic Theological Union

Susaami Ensemble

Favorite Color

Black, Indigo

DAStories

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