Brian Wise: Biography

About Brian Wise: 

I am an audio producer, journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience working for major-market media outlets, radio stations and arts organizations.

As a producer and editor, I write and produce the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s weekly radio series for the WFMT Radio Network, which reaches some 175,000 listeners each week in more than 500 markets across North America. I am the editor of Overtones, the Curtis Institute of Music’s magazine for alumni, faculty, staff and students. I am also a contributing editor to Strings magazine.

Brian Wise
Brian Wise

As a writer, I have covered music and the arts for outlets including Apple Classical Music, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BBC Music Magazine, Slate, Strings magazine,, Listen magazine, FiveThirtyEight, Travel and Leisure, and Opera Canada. I regularly cover international arts festivals and conferences, music technology, arts marketing trends, and various aspects of the classical repertoire and music history.

In addition to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s radio series, I co-produce an ongoing series of video program notes for the orchestra, and I write catalog copy and articles for Experience CSO, the orchestra’s editorial and multimedia website. Other arts organization clients have included the San Diego Symphony (radio broadcasts) and the Colorado Music Festival (program notes). One can also find my work in playlistsnewsletters, marketing copy, artist biographies, graphics and press releases.

Born in Morristown, NJ, I grew up mostly in Ann Arbor, MI. I earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, where I majored in music history and minored in communications. Subsequently, I attended Northwestern University, where I earned a Master’s degree in musicology with a concentration in journalism. I have also studied front-end web development at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, studying languages, running, reading, volunteering and exploring New York City, where I live.

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