Central Wisconsin  

Youth Symphony Orchestra Program

Mission: 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.

2015-2016 Schedule 

​Semester 1 ​ ​
​Sundays 9/13/15-11/15/15 1st Rehearsal 9/13/15 Mandatory Parent Meeting​
​Symphony Orchestra Meets ​4 p.m.-6:15 p.m. UWSP, NFAC Rm 240
​Philharmonia Meets ​4 p.m.-5:45 p.m. UWSP, NFAC Rm 250
​Saturday, November 21, 2015 ​Dress Rehearsal ​Philharmonia 3 p.m. Michelsen Hall-UWSP
​Dress Rehearsal ​Symphony 5 p.m. Michelson Hall-UWSP
​Sunday, November 22, 2015 ​Concert ​Both ensembles 4 p.m. Michelsen Hall-UWSP
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Semester 2 ​ ​
​Sundays 1/24/16-4/10/16 Easter Sunday, 3/27/16 No rehearsal for either ensemble
​Symphony Orchestra Meets ​4 p.m.-6:15 p.m. UWSP, NFAC Rm 240
​Philharmonia Meets ​4 p.m.-5:45 p.m. UWSP, NFAC Rm 250
​Saturday, April 16, 2016 ​Dress Rehearsal ​​Philharmonia 3 p.m. Michelsen Hall-UWSP
​Dress Rehearsal ​Symphony 5 p.m. Michelsen Hall-UWSP
​Sunday, April 17, 2016 Concert ​Both ensembles 7 p.m. Michelsen Hall-UWSP


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 auditon. 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. 
Founding Music Director and Symphony Conductor Kurt Van Tiem​ is chair of the music department and teaches both band and orchestra at P.J. Jacobs Junior High in Stevens Point. Previously, he conducted the Wausau Symphony, UW-Marshfield Symphony, UW-Marshfield Symphonic Band, and the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble. 
Philharmonia conductor Stephan Wucherer taught and conducted in the Oshkosh Area School District for nine years, and is currently the 5th and 6th grade orchestra director at Lineville Intermediate School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from UW-Oshkosh and attended Butler University in Indianapolis for his Master of Music. He also has a master's degree in Education from Marian University. He is the conductor of the Waupaca Area Orchestra.


Students must be a member in good standing in their home school band or orchestra in order to be eligible to participate in CWYSOP. If there are extenuating circumstances, contact the Music Director for further information. Students in public or private music programs must have their director's and principal's signature showing they are a member in good standing. Younger students may audition for admission if deemed appropriate by the Music Director based on the needs of the ensemble(s). (See registration materials.) 
New students are required to play a placement audition in order to participate in CWYSOP. The audition committee reserves the right to place students in an ensemble based on what it believes to be the best placement for each student. Only the student auditioning is allowed in the room during the audition process. 

​How to Register

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



​Registration Fee - Full Year ​
​Symphony Orchestra ​$290
​Philharmonia ​$190


Annual registration fees are due by August 15, 2015.

Registration is for the entire year. Every effort should be made to pay in full at time of registration. For other arrangements, please contact Kim O'Flaherty.

Read and sign the CWYSOP Handbook. Print, sign, and return the Parent/Student Signature form on page 4 of the handbook to the ensemble manager. This is required for registration.

A $25 late registration fee will be charged for registrations received after Sept. 1 (after Jan. 18 for 2nd semester).

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 include area music professionals and community members Chris Burch, Paula Clark, Margaret Conard, Diane Goetsch, Kirsten Hornby, Cynthia Kiepert, Ginger Marten, Jeanne Olson, Joanne Peck, David Poffinbarger, Phillip Smyth, and Kurt Van Tiem, and Stephan Wucherer.


Mail to:
Continuing Education and Outreach
2100 Main St, Rm 032
Stevens Point WI 54481

Contact Us: 

UW-Stevens Point
Continuing Education & Outreach
2100 Main St, Rm 032
Stevens Point WI 54481


CWYSOP scholarships 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 muscial merit.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:
1. Withdrawal on or before September 16, 2015: Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee.
2. Withdrawal September 17, 2015 through October 7, 2015: $50 refunded.
3. No refunds for withdrawals after October 8, 2015.