Announcing: Auditions for New Performing Members

Auditions for Performing Members! 


Want to pound away on a big drum? Move in time and in sync with ten other drummers on a big stage? Learn about taiko, odori, fue, narimono, minyo and their role in the folklore of Japan and North America?

Seattle Kokon Taiko, the original Japanese American taiko group in the Pacific Northwest, is holding open auditions for new members! Previous taiko experience or at least one beginner class with Seattle Kokon Taiko is required.

Applicants should have a strong sense of rhythm, grace in movement, expression of ki (spirit/energy) and the time, energy and commitment to develop into a taiko performing artist.

The audition process consists of three elements: a written application, a hands-on audition which will include coordination exercises, drumming drills and demonstration of the song “Matsuri” and finally a face to face interview with members of SKT. We try to minimize stress in the process, but please note that applicants may be eliminated at any step along the way. We do not guarantee that any applicants will be accepted this year, but if you can demonstrate some “taiko potential”, we can train you. Those accepted through the application process will enter a 6-month apprenticeship for training and assessment, with final approval for full membership pending successful completion of the apprenticeship program.

To help you prepare for the audition, there will be a “Matsuri” review session for applicants on March 3rd from 12pm to 2pm (date is subject to change).  This free session will be fast-paced and intensive.  Space is limited.  To be placed on the class list, please email us at

Applications are due March 1st, 2024.  The group hands-on audition session will be held on March 17th from 12pm to 2pm (date is subject to change). To apply, please download and fill out the application form below, and send as an attachment to If you have any questions, please email us at the same address.

SKT Audition Application 2024

Apprenticeship FAQ Page

Important Dates

03/1/24  |  Applications for SKT 2024 Auditions are due

03/03/24 12pm – 2pm  |  “Matsuri” Intensive review for applicants

03/17/24 12pm – 2pm  |  Hands-on portion of the audition

Date and Time TBD  |  Personal Interview with members of SKT. (Interviews will be held either the same day as the hands-on demonstration or Thursday 03/21/24 between 7pm – 9pm)

03/24/24  |  Apprenticeship Begins

09/22/24  |  Apprenticeship Ends; Re-evaluation for full membership