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. 

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


Please print the CWYSOP schedule for a complete listing of dates for rehersals, dress rehearsals and other important dates.

CWYSOP 2017-2018 Schedule (updated 01/2018)

All rehearsals:

  • Philharmonia: Sundays, 4-5:45 p.m., room 250
  • Symphony: Sundays, 4-6:15 p.m., room 240
The first rehearsal for spring semester is Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Audition Information

Please print, complete, and bring your audition form to the audition.
Please email Kurt Van Tiem if you will miss the May 6th audition 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 6-9


​Symphony Orchestra

Generally ​Grades 9-12


Audition Requirements: 

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba:  
Solo of your choice, one major scale and one melodic minor scale of your choice, chromatic scale demonstrating your full range.  Sight reading. 

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:
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, Former Director, Aber Suzuki Center
  • Jodi Engum Kryshak, CWYSOP Program Coordinator
  • Mary Hofer, Aber Suzuki Center Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Patricia Holland, UWSP Music Department Faculty
  • Anne Rogalski, UWSP Continuing Education, COFAC Outreach Program Manager
  • Kurt Van Tiem, CWYSOP Music Director and Conductor
  • Zia Yang, UWSP Continuing Education, Administrative Assistant


CWYSOP Scholarships 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.

Scholarship Application Packet (please print and complete)

Scholarship Application Fees:
$15 per student, $10 per additional family member
This fee will not be waived.
Please Note: Many schools have discretionary funds available for various student educational enrichment opportunities that may help cover the scholarship application fees or the CWYSOP registration fees. Contact the Principal for availability of funds BEFORE submitting this application. Students are required to inform CWYSOP of all other financial assistance they will be receiving for this program.
Check List for Submitting Scholarship Application:
  • Check with student's school regarding other funding source
  • Complete CWYSOP registration form
  • Complete scholarship application form
  • Complete handbook parent signature form
  • Complete liability form
  • Make check payable to UWSP Continuing Education
  • Mail completed forms to:
    • UWSP Continuing Education
      Old Main 032
      2100 Main Street
      Stevens Point, WI 54481
  • Must be postmarked before August 15, 2017.
Scholarship applications missing information, forms, and/or the application fee payment will not be considered.
Program Fees

Registration is for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.
Symphony - $310
Philharmonia - $215

*If you are experiencing any technical difficulties, please contact 715-346-3838 for online registration assistance.
IMPORTANT: Parents, please print, read, and sign the CWYSOP Handbook . The form on the last page must be turned in at the first rehearsal and is required to participate in CWYSOP.


If for any reason a student is unable to continue in the program, the refund policy is as follows:
  • Withdrawal on or before September 17, 2017:  Refund of total fees paid minus a $25 processing fee.
  • Withdrawal between September 18-October 6, 2017: $50 refund only.
  • Withdrawals after October 7, 2017: No refunds. No exceptions.


Students are required to attend all rehearsals in order to participate in the fall and spring concert. 

Attendance related matters must be emailed to the Brenna Orhmundt, Ensemble Manager.

Do not email UWSP Continuing Education.


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Non-profit arts organizations such as CWYSOP rely on the generosity of donors in order to provide an ever-increasing level of programming to the young musicians of Central Wisconsin. Donations will also help students in need of financial assistance to particpate in the program. Support CWYSOP with a tax-deductible donation.

Please make donation checks payable to UWSP Foundation. (Please write CWYSOP on the memo line.)

Mail checks to:
UWSP Continuing Education
Old Main, Rm 032
2100 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481