Brian Wise: Biography

About Brian Wise: 

I am a journalist, audio producer and digital editor with more than 15 years of experience working for major-market publications, radio stations and online media companies.

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. In addition, I co-produce an ongoing series of video program notes, containing background on CSO subscription concerts, and contribute articles to, the orchestra’s editorial website.

As a print and online journalist, my work has appeared in numerous outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, SlateListen magazine, Strings Magazine,, FiveThirtyEightTravel and Leisure, Strings Magazine and BBC Music Magazine. For the latter publication I write feature articles and “Live Choice,” a monthly North American calendar feature.

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