The Cirque du Soleil Ensemble is an advanced instrumental and vocal ensemble designed for students to study the original music of the many Cirque du Soleil productions. In this series of supervised rehearsals, students gain the professional experience of performing the music live, combined with pre-recorded Ableton Live tracks of different Cirque du Soleil compositions. Reading the original charts, improvising and playing from memory are all included in the hour-long concert of the music studied at the end of the semester. This course emphasizes the precise performance of parts, intonation, improvisation, and playing musically in a small group. In addition, each instrumentalist and vocalist prepares for and receives a mock-audition for entry into a Cirque du Soleil production using original Cirque du Soleil parts and accompanying Ableton Live tracks. Preference for entry into this ensemble is given to multi-instrumentalists.