2021 Public Recruitment Workshops

October 2nd, 2021 & October 9th, 2021

UPDATE: Registration for 2021 Public Recruitment Workshops is now full. If you were unable to register and would like to be placed on a waitlist, please fill out the form below. Otherwise, join our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay informed of future workshops!

Do you love taiko? Have you always wanted to try playing taiko? Have you played taiko and want to join Soh Daiko, the first taiko group on the East Coast?

Soh Daiko is pleased to offer two public recruitment workshops this October. Learn to play taiko and try out to be a member of the group! No experience is necessary. We will provide everything you need to play.

The workshop will include a brief history of Japanese drumming, an introduction to taiko fundamentals, demonstrations, and guided exercises. As we are a performing group, we will ask participants to demonstrate what they learn at the end of the workshop, and submit a self-made video the following week for assessment. Selected recruits will be contacted by the end of October to join the year-long training program. This year, we are offering 2 recruitment workshop dates, as space is limited per day. Attendance is required at ONE of the following recruitment sessions.

Note: Registration is currently full, as space is limited to 9 participants per session. You may use the form below to join the waitlist.

Session 1: Saturday, October 2nd from 2pm – 6pm

Session 2: Saturday, October 9th from 2pm – 6pm

NOTE: You only need to attend ONE of the workshop dates. We will start promptly at 2pm, please arrive on time!

Location: New York Buddhist Church, 322 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10025

Cost: $50  This year, our public recruitment workshop will be FREE! This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.

Registration: Click Here for Waitlist Registration Form

About being a member:

Please note that Soh Daiko mandatory rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 7pm – 9pm, and Saturdays from 2pm – 7pm. In order to be considered for membership, you must be available during our regular rehearsal times. 

Becoming a member of Soh Daiko takes commitment – please be sure to read the details of our trainee and probationary periods here.  

Current safety protocols:

Currently, as the space we rehearse in is a shared space, it is required that all workshop attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19, with proof available to show before entering. Additionally, masks must be worn at all times during the workshops. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 protocols, please contact us directly.Taking into account global pandemic safety measures and guidelines, Soh Daiko members have also held virtual rehearsals using online platforms (i.e. Zoom). We expect all members and trainees to join virtual rehearsals held at the same time as in-person rehearsal should safety guidelines recommend we not gather in person in the future.

We are looking forward to you joining us for a day of drumming! All experiences are welcome, please share with your friends, family and colleagues!

See you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Jane at: jconrad@sohdaiko.org

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.