Langston Fitzgerald III, professor of trumpet at Pennsylvania State University has received The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. The awards are given out on March 22 each year on the birthday of Stephen Sondheim. The awards were established in 2010 and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Each winner receives a $10,000 cash prize in appreciation for their contributions to teaching. Teachers are nominated by their students.
Professor Fitzgerald was nominated by a master’s degree student of his when he taught at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Maryland, and Howard University.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Howard University. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in music from the Catholic University of America.