Regina is a composer and author whose music has been performed by Detroit and Chicago Symphony orchestras, US Army Band and internationally-acclaimed artists. European performances include concerts in Paris, Rome, Bari, Italy, as part of Festival Incontri Musicali di Musica Sacra; in Turkey and Unna, Germany at the Women Composers’ Library. Regina wrote music for symphony orchestra; a libretto and one-act opera; hand drum concerto; marimba concerto; ballet; chamber music; liturgical and secular music; vocal and instrumental, including pipe organ.
Her writings on Artists of Color, Spirituals, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Hip-Hop, Poetry and Women are published by Oxford University, Third World, Greenwood, CBMR presses; Chicago Tribune Magazine and National Writers Union. Regina is profiled in New Grove Dictionary of American Music; International Dictionary of Black Composers; From Spirituals to Symphonies; on Afri-Classical.com; HistoryMakers.com; Answers.com; and her two web sites www.ReginaHarrisBaiocchi.com and www.HaikuFest.com.
Regina founded Haiku Festival to celebrate children and promote literacy. She wrote Indigo Sound; Urban Haiku; Blues Haiku; produced children’s music on Kidstuff cd; her music appears on Soul of a Singer; Good News Falls Gently; and Kaleidoscope cds. Excerpts from Urban Haiku appear in Nicole Franklin’s When Sistas Jump, a film on Double Dutch rope jumping. Regina received awards from National Endowment for the Arts; Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest; 3Arts; Arts Midwest; Illinois Arts Council; City of Chicago Cultural Affairs Department; Chicago Public Library Foundation; and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
I am a composer, author and poet. Inspired by my mentor, Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks, in 2004 I founded Haiku Festival. Haiku Festival offers workshops and readings for poets of all ages, and juried events for poets ages 8 to 14 ...