Brian Wise: Biography

About Brian Wise: 

I am an audio producer, journalist and editor with more than 20 years of experience working for major-market media outlets, radio stations and arts organizations.

Brian Wise

As a radio producer, I write and produce the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s weekly radio series for the WFMT Radio Network, which reaches some 250,000 listeners each week across North America.

As a print and online journalist, I have contributed arts and culture coverage to numerous outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, SlateListen magazine, Strings Magazine,, FiveThirtyEightTravel and Leisure, Opera Canada and BBC Music Magazine (overseeing the latter publication’s monthly North American pages). I regularly cover international arts festivals and conferences, locally-based arts news, music technology, marketing trends, and various aspects of classical repertoire and music history.

In addition to the radio series, I have co-produced an ongoing series of video program notes for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, containing background on concert repertoire, and I contribute articles to Experience CSO, the orchestra’s editorial and multimedia website.

Previously, I’ve produced a live, daily music talk show, launched and produced a weekly roundtable podcast, and directed an online video series featuring leading classical musicians. One can also find my work in program notesnewsletters, 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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