​Central Wisconsin
Youth Symphony Orchestra Program

Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program - Stevens Point, WI - Philharmonia

Reminder: No rehearsal on Sunday, March 12th.

Spring Concert

  • Sunday, April 2, 2017
  • Stevens Point Area High School (SPASH) Auditorium
  • Admission tickets sales start at 3 p.m.
  • Concert starts at 4 p.m.
  • Admission fee: $3/person or $10/family of 4 or more
  • Cash or check payments only.
    (Please make checks payable to UWSP Continuing Education/CWYSOP)
  • Join us for a reception post concert!


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. 

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 audition. 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.

Symphony Conductor: Kurt Van Tiem

Philharmonia Conductor: Stephan Wucherer

CWYSOP 2016-2017 Schedule

Please print the CWYSOP calendar for a complete listing of dates for rehersals, dress rehearsals and other important dates.

CWYSOP Spring 2017 Schedule

All rehearsals:

  • Philharmonia: Sundays, 4-5:45 p.m., room 250
  • Symphony: Sundays, 4-6:15 p.m., room 240
Mandatory new parent/student meeting on Sunday, January 8, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. (Noel Fine Arts Center, room 221)

Audition Information

Please print, complete, and bring your audition form to the audition.

CWYSOP Student Individual Audition Form
Auditions will be held on May 6, 2017 at the Noel Fine Arts Center.

Please email Kurt Van Tiem if you will miss the May 6th audition and would like to audition.
Registration link and information is on the right hand column. 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 ​Generally Grades 7-9 ​String/Wind/Percussion
​Symphony Orchestra Generally ​Grades 9-12 ​String/Wind/Percussion

Audition Requirements:

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba: 
Class A solo of your choice, one major scale and one melodic minor scale of your choice, chromatic scale demonstrating your full range.  Sight reading.
Class A solo or comparable etude of your choice on snare drum or timpani AND Class A solo or comparable etude on xylophone or marimba, one major scale, one melodic minor scale.  Sight reading.
Violin, viola, cello, bass:
Class A solo of your choice, one major scale and one melodic minor scale of your choice full practical range of instrument.  Sight reading. 


Advisory Board Members

  • Patricia D'Ercole, UW-Stevens Point Aber Suzuki Center Director
  • Kurt Van Tiem, Music Director
  • Jodi Engum Kryshak, CWYSOP Program Coordinator
  • Jennifer Hess, Outreach Program Manager, UWSP Continuing Education
  • Zia Yang, Outreach Specialist, UWSP Continuing Education

Artistic Board Members

Includes area music professionals and community members. 

  • Paula Clark
  • Diane Goetsch
  • Kirsten Hornby
  • Cynthia Kiepart
  • Ginger Marten
  • Jeanne Olson
  • David Poffinbarger
  • Kurt Van Tiem
  • Stephan Wucherer


CWYSOP Scholarshops 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 complete the scholarship application. Amounts may be awarded based on need, available funds, and/or the number of applicants. Scholarships are not based on musical merit.
Applicants still need to register online, by phone, or send in their paper registration with their scholarship application. Registration is required in order for the scholarship application to be considered.
There is a non-refundable scholarship application fee of $15 per student, $10 additional family member. Please send completed forms and payment to:
UWSP Continuing Education
2100 Main Street
Old Main, 032
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Fee payment can be made with a check payable to UWSP Continuing Education or contact our office at 715-346-3838 to make a credit card payment.


Online registrations for the 2016-2017 academic year is now closed. If you are registering for Spring 2017, please contact our office at 715-346-3838 to register.
The CWYSOP brochure is available for download.

Parents: Please print, read, and sign the CWYSOP Handbook. The signature form on page 4 must be handed in to the ensemble manager. This is required for registration.

Program Fees

Registration is for the entire year.
Symphony Orchestra - $315
Philharmonia - $215
For other payment arrangements, please contact Zia Yang.


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Non-profit arts organizations such as CWYSOP rely on the generosity of donors in order to provide an ever-increasing level of programming to the young musicians of Central Wisconsin. Donations will also help students in need of financial assistance to particpate in the program. Support CWYSOP with a tax-deductible donation.

Please make donation checks payable to UWSP Foundation.

Mail checks to:
UWSP Continuing Education
Old Main, Rm 032
2100 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481 



Cancellation & Refund Policy

If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:
  • Withdrawal on or before September 16, 2016:  Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee.
  • Withdrawal between September 17-October 7, 2016: $50 refund only.
  • Withdrawals after October 8, 2016: No refunds.