The Symphony Orchestra performs standard orchestral repertoire. Members generally have three or more years of ensemble experience and perform at an advanced level. The Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Kurt Van Tiem and rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3-5:15 p.m. This ensemble performs two concerts each season with tours in future plans. Symphony Orchestra members receive sectional coaching from UW-Stevens Point music education majors and master classes from Music Department and Aber Suzuki faculty over the course of each season.
The Philharmonia performs string orchestra and full orchestra literature generally from standard middle school to high school level. Members should have 2-3 years of private study or school ensemble experience. The Philharmonia is under the direction of Stephan Wucherer and rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3-4:45 p.m. The Philharmonia performs two concerts per season. Philharmonia members receive sectional coaching from UW-Stevens Point music education majors and master classes from Music Department and Aber Suzuki faculty over the course of each season.
The CWYSOP Percussion Ensemble is required for CWYSOP percussion members. Led by Dr. Brian Baldauff, director of percussion studies at UWSP and assisted by current music majors in the percussion studio; the Ensemble offers an engaging, fun, and supportive experience, focused on the mission of improving skills in musicianship, technique, and ensemble playing. The rehearsals coincide with CWYSOP rehearsal dates and feature repertoire from the standard percussion literature and new compositions. Rehearsals and lessons will teach students a well-rounded approach to percussion playing, skills they can also use in their school music programs. Concerts and performances will occur during the CWYSOP season. The ensemble is included as part of the registration fee.
Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. Any conflicts must be submitted immediately in writing at the time of registration via email to the Program Assistant Sarah Faltz: Sarah.E.Faltz@uwsp.edu. Attendance notification emailed to anyone other than the Program Assistant will not be accepted. Absence notifications via phone, text, or Facebook are not acceptable.