Brian Wise: Biography

About Brian Wise: 

I am an audio producer, journalist and editor with nearly 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, my work has appeared in 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. For the latter publication I oversee the monthly North American pages.

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

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, 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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