Portland Taiko currently has one opening for a part-time long-term Artistic Staff.
Portland Taiko is seeking applications for an Artistic Staff member (taiko instructor and performer) to teach quarterly taiko classes and workshops, attend two rehearsals weekly, perform as a member of Portland Taiko, and cover administrative duties such as class registration and performance coordination. Additional work could include developing new educational curricula, establishing a youth and recreational community group, or creating a summer camp program.

The Artistic Staff position will require 20-25 hours/week with a salary to be negotiated based on experience. Benefits include a holiday package, paid vacation/sick leave, retirement, and medical insurance subsidy.

June 16, 2019
  • Experience as a taiko performer and instructor.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to be culturally responsible within an equity, diversity, and inclusion framework.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Proficiency with standard office technology (Microsoft Office, Google Suite), social media, and third-party ticketing programs (Eventbrite).
  • Comfortable with occasional light and medium weight lifting (e.g., moving taiko drums).
  • Occasional evening and weekend assignments.
  • Personal vehicle available for work as needed.
Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and links to teaching and performing videos to All submissions must be made electronically and will be treated confidentially. In-person and phone interviews will be conducted in August 2019 and the successful applicant will be notified no later than September 16, 2019. The start date will be scheduled during the contract negotiation.
Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Since its formation in 1994 by Ann Ishimaru, Zachary Semke, and Japanese American community activists, Portland Taiko has established a distinguished reputation while carrying out its mission: “Through innovation and excellence in taiko, Portland Taiko affirms Asian American pride, inspires audiences, builds community, and educates about its heritage and culture.”

Portland Taiko performs throughout the Pacific Northwest and offers quarterly classes and workshops to the general public. The ensemble has commissioned and collaborated with numerous artists including Kenny Endo, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, P.J. and Roy Hirabayashi, Obo Addy, and composer Kenji Bunch.

Portland Taiko recently worked with the Oregon Symphony and Fear No Music, performed from Seattle to Eugene, and built a Japanese-inspired festival float for the Rose Festival Starlight Parade. In 2019, Portland Taiko will celebrate its 25th anniversary by curating a museum exhibit on its history, co-hosting the North American Taiko Conference, and presenting a gala anniversary concert.

Portland Taiko is an equal opportunity employer. All decisions related to hiring, training, compensation, benefits, and promotion will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Portland Taiko will not discriminate against any individual in regards to hiring or any term or condition of employment because of an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identification, national origin, ability, or age.

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