​Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program

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.

Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Project

2014-2015 Rehearsal Schedule

Sundays, 9/21 - 11/23; 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/29,  4/12, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10

Symphony Orchestra                  4 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Philharmonia                              4 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Tuition - 2nd semester fees due now

$145 Symphony Orchestra
$95 Philharmonia/Junior Wind Ensemble (combined)

A late registration fee of $25 will be charged for registrations received after after January 16 for second semester.


AUDITION DATES FOR 2015-16 SEASON:  Sunday April 19, 2015 and Saturday, May 9, 2015

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, University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble. 
Philharmonia conductor Stephan Wucherer  has taught and conducted in the Oshkosh Area School District for nine years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in cello performance from UW-Oshkosh and attended Butler University in Indianapolis for his Master of Music. He also has a Master's in education from Marian University. He is the conductor of the Waupaca Area Orchestra.

Please download and read the Handbook then print, sign and return the signature form to the ensemble manager. This is a required part of the registration process. 

CWYSOP Handbook


Musicians must be members in good standing in their school band/orchestra.

Students without a music program in their school that allows them to participate on their instrument or those who are homeschooled, must receive a signature from their principal or parent(s) certifying that there is not a school music program for their instrument.   

All students are required to play a placement audition in order to participate in CWYSOP.  Seating results will be posted online with a password-protected link allowing only registered participants to view the results.  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.
-         String/Wind/Percussion students in grades 6 – 8:  Philharmonia
-         String students in grades 9 – 12:  Symphony Orchestra
-         Wind/Percussion students in grades 9 – 12:  Symphony Orchestra (by audition)  

Register Online!

Print and Complete a Registration Form

Return the completed registration form to:
UWSP Continuing Education and 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 audition requirements. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch and need financial assistance, please contact our office. Amounts may be awarded based on need, available funds, and the number of applicants. Scholarships are not based on musical merit.
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, UW-Stevens Point 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.

​Cancellation & Refund Policy

Semester fees are due at the time of registration. Payments may be made online with a credit card, by mail, or in person with a check. Please consult with CWYSOP coordinators if special payment arrangements are needed.
A late registration fee of $25 will be charged for registrations received after January 16, 2015.
If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:
1. Withdrawal on or before January 28, 2015: Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee. 
2. Withdrawal January 29 through February 20, 2015: $50 refunded.
3. No refunds for withdrawals after February 21, 2015.

Contact Us 

UWSP Continuing Education and Outreach
2100 Main Street, Rm 032
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Phone: 715-346-3838