​Central Wisconsin
Youth Symphony Orchestra Program

Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program - Stevens Point, WI - Philharmonia


The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program (CWYSOP) provides a high quality symphonic performing experience for committed middle-level and high school students who, with other like-minded musicians, wish to perform great symphonic literature, raise their level of playing and nurture their love of music. 

About the Program

Founded in partnership with the UW-Stevens Point Music Department, Aber Suzuki Center, Continuing Education and Outreach and music educators in Central Wisconsin, the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program (CWYSOP) is comprised of two full symphony orchestras, the Symphony and the Philharmonia. These ensembles are open to all students, who will be placed based on their sectional audition. Students will receive coaching from top music majors of the UWSP Music Department, UWSP faculty, and Aber Suzuki Center faculty in state-of-the-art facilities at the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UW-Stevens Point campus.

Symphony Conductor: Kurt Van Tiem

Philharmonia Conductor: Stephan Wucherer

CWYSOP 2016-2017 Schedule

Please print the CWYSOP calendar for a complete listing of dates for rehersals, dress rehearsals and other important dates.

CWYSOP Calendar

All rehearsals:

  • Philharmonia: Sundays, 4-5:45 p.m., room 250
  • Symphony: Sundays, 4-6:15 p.m., room 240
Mandatory parent/student meeting on September 11, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in Michelsen Hall.

Audition Information

Please print, complete, and bring your audition form to the audition.

Auditions will be held on May 7, 2016 at the Noel Fine Arts Center, room 308.

Registration link and information is on the right hand column. Students should register for the ensemble that matches their age group. Younger students may audition for admission, if deemed appropriate by the Music Director based on the needs of the ensembles.
​Philharmonia ​Grades 7-9 ​String/Wind/Percussion
​Symphony Orchestra ​Grades 9-12 ​String/Wind/Percussion

Audition Requirements:

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba: 
Class A solo of your choice, one major scale and one melodic minor scale of your choice, chromatic scale demonstrating your full range.  Sight reading.
Class A solo or comparable etude of your choice on snare drum or timpani AND Class A solo or comparable etude on xylophone or marimba, one major scale, one melodic minor scale.  Sight reading.
Violin, viola, cello, bass:
Class A solo of your choice, one major scale and one melodic minor scale of your choice full practical range of instrument.  Sight reading.

Please email Kurt Van Tiem with any question in regards to auditions. 

Advisory Board Members

  • Patricia D'Ercole, UW-Stevens Point Aber Suzuki Center Director
  • Jodi Engum Kryshak, CWYSOP Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Patricia Holland, UW-Stevens Point Music Department Chair
  • Kim O'Flaherty, Outreach Program Manager, UWSP Continuing Education
  • Kurt Van Tiem, Music Director

Artistic Board Members

Includes area music professionals and community members. 

  • Paula Clark
  • Diane Goetsch
  • Kirsten Hornby
  • Cynthia Kiepert
  • Ginger Marten
  • ​Jeanne Olson
  • David Poffinbarger
  • Phillip Smyth
  • Kurt Van Tiem
  • Stephan Wucherer


CWYSOP Scholarshops are limited and may be available to students who express a financial need and who pass the audition requirements. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch and need financial assistance, please contact our office at 715-346-3838. Amounts may be awarded based on need, available funds, and/or the number of applicants. Scholarships are not based on musical merit.


(Online registration can only be paid by credit card/debit card. Any other payment type must be done with a paper registration.)
Fill out and mail the registration form or register online.

Parents: Please print, read, and sign the CWYSOP Handbook. The signature form on page 4 must be handed in to the ensemble manager. This is required for registration.

Program Fees

Symphony Orchestra - $290
Philharmonia - $190

Registration is for the entire year. Registration fees are due August 15, 2016. 
A late registration fee of $25 will be charged after August 15, 2016.
For other payment arrangements, please contact Kim O'Flaherty.

CWYSOP 1st Concerto Competition!!!

CWYSOP students will have the opportunity to compete for the chance to perform as a soloist with the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra in their fall 2016 concert. Registration deadline has been extended to May 15, 2016!
The concerto competition will take place on September 10, 2016 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Click here for full competition rules and criteria!  

*Please note that children of CWYSOP conductors and/or staff are not eligible to participate.



Non-profit arts organizations such as CWYSOP rely on the generosity of donors in order to provide an ever-increasing level of programming to the young musicians of Central Wisconsin. Donations will also help students in need of financial assistance to particpate in the program. Support CWYSOP with a tax-deductible donation.

Please make donation checks payable to UWSP Foundation.

Mail checks to:
UWSP Continuing Education
Old Main, Rm 032
2100 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481 



Cancellation & Refund Policy

If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:
  • Withdrawal on or before September 16, 2016:  Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee.
  • Withdrawal between September 17-October 7, 2016: $50 refund only.
  • Withdrawals after October 8, 2016: No refunds.