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 2016-2017 Schedule
Philharmonia: Sundays, 4-5:45 p.m., room 250
Symphony: Sundays, 4-6:15 p.m., room 240
Mandatory parent/student meeting on September 11, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in Michelsen Hall.
Please print, complete, and bring your audition form to the audition.
Auditions were held on May 7, 2016 at the Noel Fine Arts Center. Please email Kurt Van Tiem if you missed the May 7th deadline 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.
||Generally Grades 7-9
||Generally Grades 9-12
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
Jodi Engum Kryshak, CWYSOP Program Coordinator
Jennifer Hess, Outreach Program Manager, UWSP Continuing Education
Zia Yang, Outreach Specialist, UWSP Continuing Education
Kurt Van Tiem, Music Director
Artistic Board Members
Includes area music professionals and community members.
Kurt Van Tiem
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.
There is a non-refundable scholarship application fee of $15 per student, $10 additional family member. Please send completed form 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.