Linfield hosts visiting music educators from Iraq

The Music Department and the International Programs Office hosted music educators from Iraq last week on campus.

The group visited under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s professional development program, the International Visitor Leadership Program. The project builds mutual understanding between nations through citizen diplomacy, and allows groups to connect with their U.S. counterparts for a professional exchange.

The visitors were greeted by President Thomas L. Hellie and welcomed to campus at an open reception. They attended a world music class taught by music Professor Faun Tiedge and listened to the Linfield Choir.

“This program provides us with an opportunity to transcend war and conflict, and come together as educators,” says Shaik Ismail , director of International Programs at Linfield.