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Josephine conducts a combined choir for The Chicago Music Association in 2019

Josephine Poelinitz (b. 1942) 

Other than some minor personal details, and a penchant for New Agey, homeopathic posts on her Facebook page, all we really know about Josephine Poelinitz is that she was an Elementary Resource Specialist with Chicago Public Schools, and long-time Director of the All-City Elementary Youth Chorus in Chicago. 


Poelinitz's arrangement of Mahalia Jackson's sorrow song "City Called Heaven" seems to be  - and no amount of digging around the internet could prove otherwise - her only contribution to printed music. That being said, it's a heck of a first and apparently last effort, as the hundreds of recordings available testify to. 

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