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Regina Harris Baiocchi


Regina Harris Baiocchi writes notes and words to fill vessels called music, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Regina is driven by her curiosity to create art that is informed by research, speaks to diverse audiences, and moves people to participate as collaborators, supporters, and yet-to-be-named roles.

Music by Regina has been performed by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Philharmonic, US Army Band, American Guild of Organists; Chicago Brass, Gaudete Brass, and Milwaukee Brass quintets; Lincoln Trio, Avalon String Quartet, et al. She has written orchestral and chamber music, a mass, ballet, libretto & opera, marimba concerto, hand drum concerto, choral, jazz, gospel, solo: voice, flute, oboe family, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, and pipe organ.

Often commissioned to write music, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Regina has authored four books: Indigo Sound, Urban Haiku, Blues Haiku, Variations in Black Music; released three CDs: Hammers, Pipes & Strings; Percussing up a Storm; and Kidstuff; and appears on several compilation recordings. She received awards from the Jazz Institute of Chicago & Andrew Mellon Foundation: New Works Fresh Voices Commission, Rauschenberg Foundation, NEA, Lila Wallace, Arts Midwest, 3Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago’s DCASE, ASCAP, et al.

Regina founded the Haiku Festival to celebrate children and promote literacy. She also founded 6Degrees Composers to promote new music by womxn. Regina is an alumna of New York, DePaul, and Roosevelt universities. The Chicago Tribune described Regina as a “powerful force writing elegant, engaging music and words.”

Featured Artworks

  •  Regina Harris Baiocchi artwork "Music of Hale Smith" CD cover 14 tracks: vocal, chamber, orchestral music
  •  Regina Harris Baiocchi artwork Hale Smith, Regina Harris Baiocchi Regina is writing the official Hale Smith memoir.
  •  Regina Harris Baiocchi artwork “Evocation” © 1966 Hale Smith's 12-tone piano music, page 1 African American vernacular meets European tradition
  •  Regina Harris Baiocchi artwork "Hammers, Pipes & Strings" CD cover 15 tracks: piano solo, piano duo, organ, vocal music
  •  Regina Harris Baiocchi artwork "Contours" for orchestra © 1960 Hale Smith's autographed sheet music
  •  Regina Harris Baiocchi artwork "Contours" for orchestra © 1962 Hale Smith CD cover image by John Farren Louisville Symphony Orchestra: YouTube

Regina Harris Baiocchi has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • Haiku Festival

    • $5,307 raised of $5,000 goal
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      • 3Arts matched
      • 106% funded

    Honoring the 10th anniversary of the Haiku Festival, which teaches poetry and promotes literacy for Chicago schoolchildren, this project will raise funds for a celebratory event featuring guest poet Sonia Sanchez.

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  • Percussing Up a Storm

    • $5,122 raised of $5,000 goal
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      • 3Arts matched
      • 102% funded

    With Percussing Up a Storm, I am creating the first recording dedicated to my original music for percussion instruments. I love composing for percussion because it has an energy unlike any other kind of music. I feel a kinship …

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  • Hale Smith Memoir

    • $7,046 raised of $7,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 101% funded

    Using interviews and archives, I am writing a memoir about Hale Smith, “the world’s most famous unknown composer.” Hale Smith’s music was recorded and performed by countless luminaries. Readers will laugh, cry, and revel in Hale’s illustrious life in this …

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