CWYSOP Music Instructors

Kurt Van Tiem, Director

Kurt Van Tiem is the founding Music Director of the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Program.  He previously conducted the Wausau Symphony, UW-Marshfield Symphony, UW-Marshfield Symphonic Band, University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble (during sabbatical leave of Malcolm Rowell) and the University of Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. He has also conducted many musicals for cwACT and Stevens Point Area Senior High. Mr. Van Tiem currently is chair of the music department at P. J. Jacobs Junior High in Stevens Point, Wisc. where he directs the Concert Band, Chamber and Concert Orchestra. He numbers among his mentors some of the foremost music educators/conductors in the US: E. Daniel Long, Donald Schleicher and H. Robert Reynolds. He has served as principal horn of the Central Wisconsin Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony and the American Wind Symphony. He holds degrees in Music Education and horn performance from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He studied horn with Louis Stout, Lowell Greer, and Laura Klock. He currently lives in Stevens Point with his wife Nicole and their six children.


Stephan Wucherer
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Stephan Wucherer received his bachelor's degree in Music Performance in 2002. While at UW-Oshkosh, Stephan began teaching private students at the urging of his cello professor and has been teaching ever since. Stephan attended Butler University in Indianapolis from 2002 to 2004 for his Master's of Music,then returned to Wisconsin afterward to pursue his public teaching license. In 2006, he was hired to teach orchestra in the Oshkosh Area Schools. He currently directs the strings classes in grades 6 through 8 at Webster Stanley and Merrill Middle School. Over the past nine years, Stephan's program has become the largest in the district with nearly 180 students. Stephan is an active cellist, composer, arranger, and conductor throughout the Fox Valley and Central Wisconsin area. Currently, he conducts the Waupaca Area Orchestra, a new community orchestra entering its third season of concerts. Stephan has also taught and coached in various music camps and chamber music workshops in the Fox Valley and Door County.