​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, 2/1 - 3/1, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10

Symphony Orchestra                5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Philharmonia                           3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Junior Wind Ensemble (JWE)     3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.



$145 Symphony Orchestra
$95 Philharmonia
$95 Junior Wind Ensemble (JWE)


​About the Program

Newly founded in partnership with the UWSP Music Department, Aber Suzuki Center, UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and music educators in Central Wisconsin, the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program (CWYSOP) serves all of Central Wisconsin with a full symphony orchestra, Philharmonia (string orchestra), junior wind ensemble and extensive partnerships with nationally renowned faculty in state of the art facilities of the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UW-Stevens Point campus. Through generous donations from the communities served, CWYSOP ensures that every talented student can participate in our ensembles, regardless of financial resources.
The founding Music Director is Kurt Van Tiem​. He previously conducted the Wausau Symphony, UW-Marshfield Symphony, UW-Marshfield Symphonic Band, University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble and the University of Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. Mr. Van Tiem will conduct the CWYSOP Youth Symphony
Stephan Wucherer will conduct the Philharmonia. Mr. Wucherer has taught and conducted in the Oshkosh Area School District for eight 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 holds a Master of Education from Marian University. Mr. Wucherer has played and performed in orchestras throughout the Midwest and is currently the conductor of the Waupaca Area Orchestra.
The Junior Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Jeanne Olson. Ms. Olson teaches instrumental music at Wisconsin Rapids East Junior High School, received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from UW-Stevens Point, and holds positions as flute and piccolo section member with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Rapids City Band.

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Musicians must be members in good standing in their school band/orchestra.
We have changed the audition process: (Revised 8/26/14)
-        Only high school wind and percussion students who wish to perform in the symphony orchestra are required to audition during the first rehearsal on September 21, 2014. Please see audition requirements below.
-        String students who wish to be considered for first chair (principal) in their section in the symphony orchestra will have to audition during the first rehearsal on September 21, 2014.  Please see audition requirements below.
-        String students in grades 6-8 who wish to play in the symphony orchestra will need to audition during the first rehearsal on September 21, 2014.  Please see the symphony orchestra audition requirements below.
-        All others may simply register for the ensemble according to their grade and attend the first rehearsal on September 21, 2014.

How to Register  

Students should register for the ensemble that matches their age group.
-         String students in grades 6 – 8:  Philharmonia
-         String students in grades 9 – 12:  Symphony Orchestra
-         Wind/Percussion students in grades 6 – 8:  Junior Wind Ensemble
-         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 324 CAC
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 September 9, 2014.
If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:
1. Withdrawal on or before Friday, September 12, 2014: Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee. 
2. Withdrawal September 13, 2014 through September 28, 2014: $50 refunded.
3. No refunds for withdrawals after September 28, 2014. 

Contact Us 

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