Danielle Simon received a B.A. in Music and English from the University of Puget Sound in 2009 and M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2011 before entering the PhD program in Music History and Literature at UC Berkeley. She was awarded the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies from the American Academy in Rome in 2016.
Her dissertation, provisionally titled “La Voce della Radio,” examines opera programming for the radio in Italy between 1931 and 1961.
“In Search of a Futurist Radio Aesthetic” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory (Vancouver, 2016)
“Ecco la radio!: Hearing and Seeing Radio in 1930s Italian Cinema” presented at the Berkeley Italian Studies Conference (Berkeley 2015)
“From Page to Stage: the Musical Adaptation of Comic Strips” presented at the Transnational Opera Studies Conference (Bologna, Italy 2015)