Congratulations to Dr. Fitzgerald for receiving the 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.
These annual awards publicly recognize specific teachers by spotlighting their extraordinary impact on the lives of students. The awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society, and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession. Nominated by students they once taught, these former students' stories exemplify the power one teacher has to inspire others and transform lives.
Professor Fitzgerald was nominated by former student Master Sergeant Andrew L. Wilson. From Gambier, Ohio, he is a graduate of The Ohio State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance. He was awarded a master of music degree in trumpet performance from Catholic University in 1997. He is currently the principal cornetist and soloist for the United States Air Force Concert Band and the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra.
Wilson wrote, "Fitz, as Dr. Fitzgerald is better known, has an uncanny ability to help students attain focus, the key for achieving accuracy in the performing arts, and is what allows a performer to conquer all the technical challenges and accurately recreate the composer’s work. Fitz’s teaching allows a student to attain that key focus."