October 15th and 20th, 2016
Try out to be a Member of Soh Daiko! Soh Daiko is pleased to be hosting a two-day public taiko recruitment workshop for those of you who are interested in becoming a member of the group. We will introduce the fundamentals of Japanese drumming through a short lecture, demonstrations, and guided exercises.
Everyone interested in recruitment is welcome to sign up, but you must be able to attend BOTH workshop days (Saturday afternoon and Thursday evening), and should be physically fit enough to complete the exercises during the workshop. Also, please read the explanations below regarding each stage of the membership process to ensure that you understand what is expected of future trainees and members.
Saturday, October 15th @ 1:30pm – 6:00pm (followed by short reception until 7pm)
Cost & Registration:
The workshop fee is $50, which covers both days. To register, please complete the following steps:
- Fill out the registration form.
- Pay the $50 workshop fee via the PayPal button below (preferred method)*
*If you are unable to pre-pay with PayPal, you may bring cash or a cheque made out to “New York Buddhist Church / Soh Daiko”.
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 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.
Members are expected to attend rehearsals and performances, support the Mission Statement of the Charter, and take on responsibilities as listed in the ByLaws.