DIRECTOR OF STEEL ORCHESTRAS
Malika Green started playing the steelpan over 20 years ago, has traveled as a performer throughout the US, Senegal and Trinidad and holds a bachelors and masters degree in Steelpan Studies from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, Ms. Green studied with Steelpan phenom Liam Teague and stalwart Cliff Alexis. While completing her Masters degree she focused on Composition and Arranging and co-directed the NIU All-University Steel Band. From 2007 – 2011, she was Program Developer and Artistic Director for the Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE) in Hyattsville, MD. While at CAFE, she co-directed the world renowned Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra and directed the award-winning elementary steel ensemble The Rhythm Runners. In 2016 Ms. Green received her Orff Schulwerk Teacher Certification after 3 summers of training at Vandercook School of Music.
Ms. Green has been with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) since 2011 as Community Engagement Coordinator and Director of Steel Orchestras since 2013. Ms. Green is also a Fulbright Scholar, receiving a Global Scholar Award in 2017. She is interested in the history, development, pedagogical practices and sustainability of community run youth steel bands in different regions of the world, particularly cities with communities of diverse racial populations. Her award will allow for research in Trinidad, Toronto, ON and London, UK. While in the Chicago area Ms. Green also enjoys volunteering with Black Youth Project 100-Chicago and metal-smithing in her spare time.