The U.S. Department of State has named Linda Maxey of the United States, an alumna of Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, as the State Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout March, her leadership and promotion of mutual understanding through the arts will be recognized on the State Alumni website, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official site for the more than one million alumni who have participated in a Department-sponsored exchange program.
Originally from Longview, Texas, Maxey studied music, the marimba in particular, from an early age. She first traveled to Lithuania as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 1998 and later in 2004 to teach at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She credits her exchange experience for giving her an, "understanding, respect and appreciation…that continues to generate goodwill for our respective countries."
Since completing her programs, Maxey has worked with the University of Kansas and Western Michigan University to establish scholarships to enable five Lithuanian students to study in the United States. She has also mentored students in Lithuania, Belarus and the United States as they applied for various exchanges and scholarships including the Fulbright. She was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor Professor by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2002 for her efforts in promoting musical exchanges.
While living in Lithuania, Maxey was instrumental in increasing international exchanges. She invited guest percussionists from Germany, France and the United States to give master classes for percussion students and professionals. She also presented a percussion concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Series with international guest artists on several ensembles.
Recognizing the importance of equipment and resources for music education, Maxey initiated an appeal for donations of percussion instruments for Lithuania. In response, companies sent cymbals, hand percussion instruments and bell sets for Lithuanian schools. She also organized a book donation from the University of Kansas to the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre’s music library.
Each month the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports alumni as they build on their exchange experiences, confers the State Alumni Member of the Month award on an outstanding alumnus or alumna.
Media Contact: Catherine Stearns, StearnsCL@state.gov, phone (202) 632-6437