Soh Daiko is pleased to hold a public two-day taiko recruitment workshop on Saturday, October 18, and Thursday, October 23, 2014. The workshop will introduce the basics of taiko through a short lecture, demonstrations, and guided exercises. No experience is required, although participants must be physically fit and able to attend BOTH sessions. Participants should wear comfortable exercise clothing and be ready to sweat!

Participants will be taught and observed by Soh Daiko members, and after participation in both sessions, some participants will be invited to start the Training Period (details below). We hope to see you there!

Photo: Sarah Gilbert

Photo: Sarah Gilbert


Saturday, October 18, 1:30pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, October 23, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

New York Buddhist Church
331 Riverside Drive, between 105th and 106th Streets

Register: Registration Form

Fee: $50.00 for the 2-day workshop (free Soh Daiko T-shirt!)
Please pay online through PayPal (link below) or bring cash or cheque to the first workshop (cheque made out to the New York Buddhist Church / Soh Daiko)

*Must be 18 and older


Trainee Period

Trainees enter a three-month program to study basic taiko techniques and patterns. Soh Daiko rehearses Thursday evenings from 7-9:30pm and Saturdays from 2-6pm. There are additional trainee practices on Saturdays from 6-7pm. Attendance at all rehearsals and trainee practices are required; lateness and absences are closely monitored. As time in the dojo is limited, additional individual practice and strength training is strongly recommended.

At the culmination of the three-month training period, trainees will demonstrate their ability to play various selections of taught repertoire. If trainees are able to demonstrate improved taiko ability, followed by a unanimous group vote, trainees may become Probationary Members for an additional three-month period.

Probationary Membership

Probationary Members are required to further improve their taiko abilities by continuing to attend all rehearsals, as well as take part in group meetings and various administrative responsibilities. (Probationary Members are considered Group Members with the exception of voting privileges.) At the end of the three-month probationary period, Probationary Members will be evaluated by the group and voted on for full membership. Full membership requires a unanimous vote by Soh Daiko.

Full Membership

Members are expected to attend rehearsals and performances, support the Mission Statement of the Charter, and take on responsibilities as listed in the ByLaws.