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/ Symphony Orchestra Conductor, swucherer@cwso.org

Austin Bolden, CWYSOP Philharmonia Conductor, abolden@cwso.org or austinbass2112@gmail.com 

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.

Student Handbook (for reference only)