The Baltimore School for the Arts lost one of its most beloved teachers with the death last month of vocalist Margaret Lindsay-Johnson, 44, of an apparent heart attack. She had taught in the Baltimore City schools since 1970.
"She was a role model for all the children," said School for the Arts Principal David Simon, "one of the most unselfish, giving human beings I have known." Mr. Simon recalled many occasions when, after a late evening concert or recital, Ms. Lindsay-Johnson, who joined the faculty in 1985, would insist on waiting at the school until her students' parents picked them up.
A New York Times critic, writing of her Carnegie Hall debut in 1988, described Ms. Lindsay-Johnson's as "a soaring voice rich with resonance." Hundreds of Baltimoreans traveled to New York for that occasion, which nearly sold out the house.
In addition to having a beautiful soprano voice, Ms. Lindsay-Johnson was gifted with a riveting stage presence. She was in constant demand locally as a soloist and chorister. Yet she devoted herself unstintingly to her students, who revered her.
The School for the Arts will be hard put to find a replacement for someone who was by every measure a great artist and a great teacher.