Marty Ronish is an independent producer of radio programs, mostly of classical and world music. She currently produces the Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts that air 52 weeks a year on some 250 stations and online at www.cso.org. She also produces programs for La Jolla Music Society Summerfest and a variety of specials.
Before working for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Marty was the Editor of the Music Unit at NPR in Washington DC for three years, working on the daily classical music show, Performance Today. Before that she spent five years producing Boombox Classroom, a series of music shows for elementary school kids. The programs provide professional, sequential general music education to kids in grades K through 5. There are now 110 programs in the series (music rights for radio only), with age-appropriate curriculum materials on the web.
Marty got her start in radio at KHFM, a commercial classical station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was on-air full time for six years. For several of those years she was on-air 86 hours a week – 30 hours live, and 56 hours a week of voice-tracked overnights. When she started producing Boombox Classroom, she moved to the public station in Albuquerque, KUNM, and produced arts calendars and features five days a week. She has collected an archive of more than 1500 interviews with classical and world musicians.
Trained as an educator and musicologist, Marty is co-author with Donald Burrows of A Catalogue of Handel’s Musical Autographs (Oxford University Press, 1994). The book won the Music Library Association’s Vincent H. Duckles Book of the Year Award. Marty spent two years in London on a Fulbright scholarship studying Handel’s autograph manuscripts. She has a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Maryland, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan.
Marty plays Baroque flute. She likes to swim every day, and enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, reading, going to concerts, and spending time with family. She has two grown children and lives in Seattle with her husband, Ed.