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, University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble.
Stephan Wucherer has 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 in education from Marian University. He is the conductor of the Waupaca Area Orchestra.
Please download and read the Handbook then print, sign and return the signature form to the ensemble manager. This is a required part of the registration process.
Musicians must be members in good standing in their school band/orchestra.
Students without a music program in their school that allows
them to participate on their instrument or those who are homeschooled, must receive a signature from their principal or
parent(s) certifying that there is not a school music program for their
All students 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 each
student. Only the student auditioning is
allowed in the room during the audition process.
How to Register
should register for the ensemble that matches their age group.
students in grades 6 – 8: Philharmonia
students in grades 9 – 12: Symphony
students in grades 9 – 12: Symphony
Orchestra (by audition)
Print and Complete a Registration Form
Return the completed registration form to:
UWSP Continuing Education and Outreach
2100 Main St, Rm 032
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.