Yurika Chiba (Kawagoe, Japan/Toronto, Canada) began playing taiko in Tokushima, Japan in 1995 and has since played with groups in Australia and northern California. Yurika is a member of the Audition Process class of 2006 and joined SJT's Artistic Staff in 2007. She is an instructor in the Junior Taiko Program and has been a workshop leader at the North American Taiko Conference and the NorCal Regional Taiko Gathering. Her first original composition for SJT debuted in 2012. She is a member of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institude (MALI). Yurika’s background in piano, dance, mixed media art, psychology and certification in TESOL combine in a unique mix to inform her work with taiko as an instrument for the individual’s expression of self and connection to community.