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 schoo 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. Michelson Hall-UWSP
​Dress Rehearsal ​Symphony 5 p.m. Michelson Hall-UWSP
​Sunday, November 22, 2015 ​Concert ​Both orchestras 4 p.m. Michelson Hall-UWSP
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Semester 2 ​ ​
​Sundays 1/14/16-4/10/16 Easter Sunday, 3/27/16 No rehearsal for either orchestra
​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 0250
​Saturday, April 16, 2015 ​Dress Rehearsal ​​Philharmonia 3 p.m. Michelson Hall-UWSP
​Dress Rehearsal ​Symphony 5 p.m. Michelson Hall-UWSP
​Sunday, April 17, 2016 Concert ​Both orchestras 4 p.m. Michelson 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 Wuchererhas 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 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. (See registration materials).
Younger students may audition for admission if deemed appropriate by the Music Director based on the needs of the ensemble(s).
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


Registration fees are due in full 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.

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, and Stephan Wucherer.


Register Online
Print Registration Form
Mail to:
Continuing Education and Outreach
2100 Main St, Rm 032
Stevens Point WI 54481

Contact Us 

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



​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.