Regina Harris Baiocchi

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Regina A. Harris Baiocchi (born July 16, 1956) is an American musician, music educator, composer and writer of short stories and poetry.


Regina Harris was the third of eight children born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Elgie Harris Jr., and Lanzie Mozelle Belmont Harris. She was exposed to the arts from an early age, took guitar lessons at age nine and began composing at ten. She studied music in high school and church music programs, and graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1978. She continued her studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwest University, and graduated from New York University with a certificate in public relations in 1991 and from De Paul University with a Master of Music degree in 1995.[1]

She married Gregory Baiocchi on July 12, 1975, and worked as a composer, writer, poet and high school teacher. From 1986–89, she worked as an audio quality control analyst for Telaction Corporation, and from 1989–94 as a public relations director for Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. After 2000, she was a lecturer at East-West University.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Poets and Patrons Award for Poetry for Teeter Totter, and Ghetto Child, 1980s
  • McDonald’s Literary Achievement Award, for Mama’s Will, 1988 *Illinois Arts Council grant, 1995
  • Chicago Music Association award, 1995
  • Art Institute of Chicago grant for Gbeldahoven: No One’s Child, 1997
  • National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artists Program grant for African Hands, 1997[3]


Selected works include:

  • Sketches: for piano trio
  • Mama’s Will, 1988
  • Gbeldahoven: No One’s Child, 1997
  • African Hands, 1997


  1. ^ Walker-Hill, Helen (2007). From spirituals to symphonies: African-American women composers. 
  2. ^ Ericson, Margaret Donelian (1996). Women and music: a selective annotated bibliography on women. 
  3. ^ "Regina Harris Baiocchi 1956–:Composer, poet, musician, writer". Retrieved December 19, 2010.