Collections of Note
The following new archival collections have been received by the CBMR; they will be processed and fully available for use by patrons and researchers in the next six months.
Regina Harris Baiocchi, a musician, composer, public relations expert, novelist, and poet, has donated twenty linear feet of personal papers, scores, and recordings. Baiocchi holds a BM degree in composition and theory from Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College and a MM degree from DePaul University. In addition to a music career as choral conductor and performing composer, Baiocchi has other professional interests and has worked as a teacher, an audio quality control analyst and writer at Telaction Corporation, and as a public relations director for the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is also a creative writer and believes strongly in interdisciplinary arts, which led her to found two organizations—the Haiku Fest for young poets (8–14 years old) and Sisters and Brothers United to Support African American Music, Inc. Baiocchi has received many commissions, grants, and awards for both music and writing from such organizations as the Illinois Arts Council, the NEA Regional Artists program, Chicago Music Association, and the McDonald’s Literary Achievement Award. She is a guest lecturer at East-West University and her poetry and articles have appeared in AIM Magazine, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, and in Gwendolyn Brooks and Working Writers, edited by Jacqueline Imani Bryant (Third World Press, 2007).
Warrick L. Carter, president of Columbia College Chicago, has donated a comprehensive collection of his arrangements and compositions, including manuscripts, drafts, and published music. Instrumentation is primarily for large jazz ensemble or big band, but the collection also includes pieces for chamber ensembles and large-scale orchestral works. Carter began his education career teaching instrumental music in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then, after earning his doctorate at Michigan State University, he served as professor of music and chairman of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts at Governors State University, Chicago. During his career in higher education and business, Carter has remained active as a composer and percussionist, performing with the Lansing (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra and at jazz festivals in the United States and abroad, including the 7th Annual International Montreux Jazz Festival. He has won commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and has written and lectured extensively on the arts, music education, jazz, and African-American music history and culture at major institutions and at international conferences.
Robert A. Harris, choral director, composer, educator, and clinician, recently donated ca. two linear feet of papers and scores. He served for thirty-five years (until his retirement in 2012) on the music faculty and as director of choral organizations at Northwestern University, where he won the 2000–2001 Bienen School of Music Exemplar in Teaching Award. He was music director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette, Illinois, for twenty-six years and a three-year member of the choral panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. As a composer, Harris has received over forty commissions from schools, churches, and musical organizations. His more than sixty choral works and arrangements have been published by Oxford University Press and Boosey & Hawkes, and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in South Africa.
The family of Myron “Mike” Moss (1951–2012) has donated approximately fifteen linear feet of Moss’s scores, recordings, books, papers, and notes on African-American music. Known as a master teacher and talented conductor, Moss was the music program director and associate professor at Drexel University until his recent untimely death. A nationally respected scholar of African-American concert band composers, his dissertation on that topic won the 2006 Fritz Thelen Award for the best doctoral dissertation worldwide for wind music research. Moss was a passionate advocate for the music of black composers, and fittingly, in his last season with the Drexel University Concert Band, he conducted an entire program of works by African-American composers, a first for the ensemble. Moss also served as guest conductor at Yale, the Hartt School, and the University of Michigan. He was a long-term champion of the CBMR.