The Music Workshop for The Circus Arts
Music For The Circus Arts

The Music Workshop

Music For The Circus Arts

Our Story

Music has always had a place in the circus; it’s not unusual to attend a performance which is entirely accompanied by music. Yet many historians and teachers of circus arts have not fully embraced the creation and/or performance of music as one of the various disciplines of the art form. It is often an afterthought or an “invisible discipline”. Our work is not about history; it is our response.

Our Projects


Peter Bufano is interviewing all variety of circus creators: artists, musicians, directors, composers, producers, educators, and others. Gathering a diverse collection of ideas about the relationship between circus arts and music, the performance of music for the circus arts, the creative process, collaboration between circus artists and musicians, and the use and creation of technology within the artform, Peter will create an archive of knowledge, audio, video, computer files, and printed materials such as music scores. The archive will reside at Berklee College of Music in Boston.


We are bringing new ideas to artists and creators and bringing them together with composers and musicians to explore the relationship between music and the circus arts. We’re forming partnerships with circus schools and music schools. We’re creating time and space to explore the unexplored. learn More.


Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
— Alphonse de Lamartine