​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 - Auditions Required

Sundays, 9/21 - 11/23, 2/1 - 3/1, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10

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



$145 Symphony Orchestra
$95 Philharmonia
$95 Junior Wind Ensemble


​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. 


Musicians must be members in good standing in their school band/orchestra. All musicians 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 the student.  Only the student is allowed in the room during the audition.
Auditions for the 2014-2015 season of the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, 2014 from 2 – 8  p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Noel Fine Arts Center.  Please register prior to Friday, August 23.  Audition time slots will fill quickly so early registration is highly encouraged.


How to Register 

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 August 23, 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