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 W. 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, WI where he directs the Concert Band, Chamber and Concert Orchestra. In demand nationally as a conductor, he served on the faculty of the renowned New England Music Camp in Sydney, Maine. 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 also studied horn with Louis Stout, Lowell Greer, and Laura Klock.
Philharmonia conductor Stephan Wucherer is currently the Director of Orchestras at the Lineville Intermediate school in the Howard-Suamico School District. He holds a Bachelor's degree in cello performance from UW-Oshkosh and attended Butler University in Indianapolis for his Master of Music. He also holds a Masters of Education from Marian University. In addition, Stephan has performed with many local orchestras throughout Wisconsin and conducted the Waupaca Area Orchestra for three seasons.