Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program


Photo Credit:  Photographic Memories by The Oberstadts


The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program (CWYSOP) is a regional symphony orchestra program serving middle school and high school student musicians within Portage, Wood, Waushara, Shawano, Waupaca and Marathon Counties with a full Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and extensive partnerships with nationally renowned faculty in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UW-Stevens Point campus.

CWYSOP was founded in 2014 in partnership with UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education, UW-Stevens Point Music Department, Aber Suzuki Center, Heid Music, and regional music educators in Central Wisconsin. Two full symphony orchestras comprised of over 100 students from over twenty different schools/districts-rehearse weekly in the state-of-the-art facilities at the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UW-Stevens Point campus. Students receive mentoring from top music majors and faculty of the UW-Stevens Point Music Department and Aber Suzuki Center faculty.

CWYSOP is forever grateful to its founding Music Director/Conductor, Kurt Van Tiem, for his vision of creating a regional youth symphony program.


Our Misson:

The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program 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.

Staff Members to assist you:

Christian Stromley, Program Manager, cstromley@cwso.org

Jodi Engum Kryshak, Program Coordinator, j.engumkryshak@cwso.org 

Kiara Menzia, Program Assistant, kmenz805@uwsp.edu

Stephan Wucherer, CWYSOP Music Director, swucherer@cwso.org

For general inquires or questions, please email CWYSOP@cwso.org


Founding Staff Members:

Pictured is Kurt Van Tiem,  Music Director/Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus; Jodi Engum Kryshak, Program Coordinator; Stephan Wucherer, former Philharmonia Conductor and current Music Director/Symphony Orchestra Conductor.

Advisory Board Members:

Stacey Berk, UW-Stevens Point Music Department, Professor of Oboe

Patricia D'Ercole, Director Emerita, Aber Suzuki Center

Jodi Engum Kryshak, CWYSOP Program Coordinator

Mara Prausa, UWSP Continuing Education, Outreach Program Manager, UWSP at Wausau

Anne Rogalski, Associate Director, UWSP Continuing Education

Stephan Wucherer, CWYSOP Music Director/Symphony Orchestra Conductor