Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra







               Spring 2024 Concert (Symphony Orchestra)


The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (CWYSO) is a regional symphony orchestra program serving middle school and high school student musicians within Portage, Wood, Waushara, Shawano, Waupaca, Adams, Juneau, Marathon, Lincoln and Langlade 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.

CWYSO 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 60 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.

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

Our Spring 2024 Concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 7th, 2024 at 4:00pm at SPASH.


Our Misson:

The Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra 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:

Stephan Wucherer, CWYSO Music Director/Symphony Orchestra Conductor, swucherer@cwso.org

Austin Bolden, CWYSO Philharmonia Conductor, abolden@cwso.org 

Christian Stromley, Program Manager, cstromley@cwso.org 

Lyssa Edwards, UWSP Student Program Assistant/Student Mentor, ledwa917@uwsp.edu 

Helaina Wills, UWSP Student Percussion Manager/Student Mentor

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

Please note: CWYSO operates out of the CWSO office which is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  However, we typically respond to emails within 1 business day or, 24 hours if the matter is more urgent.  


Pictured: (front-left to right) Lyssa Edwards, Helaina Wills; (middle-left to right) Steve Wucherer, Jodi Engum Kryshak, Colton Maichle; (last-left to right) Austin Bolden, Matthew McEwen and Kiara Menzia. not pictured: Christian Stromley


Founding Staff Members:

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

Student Handbook - Spring 2024 (for reference only)


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Photo Credit:  Photographic Memories by The Oberstadts