Performer, Musical Director
( b. circa 1916 Holly Hill, South Carolina, USA - d. Feb 18, 2009 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Louvinia G. Pointer, who followed success on Broadway with a long career as a choir director and music educator in New York City schools, has died. Pointer, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, resident and mother of the late Grammy Award-winning jazz violinist Noel Pointer, died Feb. 18. She was 92 years old. A soprano who played keyboards, Pointer won the Apollo's Amateur Night competition at 18 but did not take the prize because she thought it would upset members of her church, where Pointer often played piano during Sunday services for the young Eartha Kitt. A New York University graduate, Pointer was cast in various Broadway productions, working with actor-playwrights Noel Coward and Ossie Davis, star couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, and Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert McFerrin. Pointer's 1942 work with the National Youth Administration Radio Workshop was praised by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She married William Pointer in 1947 and taught music in the city school system from 1958 to 1984 at several Brooklyn schools. In 1987, she founded the Great Day Chorale, a celebrated, 50-voice choir that toured nationally and internationally.