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, and am also a contributing editor to Strings magazine.

Brian Wise
Brian Wise

As a print and online journalist, I have covered music and the arts for outlets including Apple Classical Music, The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, SlateListen magazine, Strings Magazine,, FiveThirtyEight, Travel and Leisure, Opera Canada, and BBC Music Magazine, for which I am a regular contributor. I regularly cover international arts festivals and conferences, music technology, 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 containing background on concert repertoire, and I have written 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).

Previously, I have produced a live radio talk show, a weekly roundtable podcast, and an online video performance series featuring leading classical musicians. One can also find my work in playlists, 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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