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.
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.
Biennial Concerto Competition
The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program is currently accepting applications for its Biennial Concerto Competition. The purpose of this competition is to provide the students of CWYSOP a chance to perform with the Symphony Orchestra on their fall 2018 concert. Open to CWYSOP students who are registered and paid in full for the 20181-2019 season.
Registrations for the competition is due by August 15, 2018. A $25 non-refundable application fee payable to UWSP Continuing Education (memo: CWYSOP concerto competition) must accompany this applicaiton. Incomplete registration forms and/or registrations without the application fee will not be considered.
The concerto competition will take place on September 8, 2018. Contestants will be given a time slot for their performance no later than August 30, 2018.
Please see application form for more information.
Concerto Competition Rules, Criterias and Registration Form