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.
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 will be held on May 7, 2016 at the Noel Fine Arts Center, room 308.
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.
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.
Please email Kurt Van Tiem with any question in regards to auditions.
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, UWSP Continuing Education
Kurt Van Tiem, Music Director
Artistic Board Members
Includes area music professionals and community members.
- Paula Clark
- Diane Goetsch
- Kirsten Hornby
- Cynthia Kiepert
- Ginger Marten
- Jeanne Olson
- David Poffinbarger
- Phillip Smyth
- 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 contact our office at 715-346-3838. Amounts may be awarded based on need, available funds, and/or the number of applicants. Scholarships are not based on musical merit.