Central Wisconsin
Youth Symphony Orchestra Program


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. 


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.


Youth Symphony

The Youth Symphony 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 3-5:30 p.m. This ensemble performs two concerts each season with tours in future plans. Youth Symphony 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 two to three years of private study or school ensemble experience. The Philharmonia is under the  direction of Stephan Wucherer, and rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. The Philharmonia performs two concerts per season and may perform for area schools. 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.

Percussion (New for 2018-2019)

The CWYSOP Percussion Ensemble is new for 2018-19 and 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 registration fees for 2018-19.  

Attendance Policy

 Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. Any conflicts must be submitted in writing upon 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.

Music Lessons

Does your child want a one-on-one instructional experience to take their skills to the next level?

Continuing Education Arts & Culture Outreach offers a music lessons program at the Noel Fine Arts Center. Lessons are taught by faculty-level instructors and music education students. Currently registered CWYSOP students get a 5% discount off a lesson package.

For more information on available instrument lessons, instructors, pricing and to register, please visit the Music Lessons Program webpage. Use promo code CWYSOP1819 when registering to get the discount. 

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:

  1. Withdrawal on or before September 16, 2018: Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee.
  2. Withdrawal September 18, 2018 through October 5, 2018: $50 refunded.
  3. No refunds for withdrawals after October 6, 2018.