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)
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.
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
Generally Grades 9-12
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:
Must be postmarked before August 15, 2017.
Scholarship applications missing information, forms, and/or the application fee payment will not be considered.