Danielle Stein
Musicology – Research Focus: Development of weaponized music and sonic environments over the 20th and 21st centuries

Danielle Stein is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Musicology at UCLA, where she has co-coordinated the Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series and served as Managing Editor of ECHO: A Music Centered Journal. She holds a M.A. in Musicology from UCLA, a M.M. in Voice Performance and Opera Studies from California State University Northridge, and a B.M. in Voice Performance and Education from San Diego State University.

Her primary research examines World War II propaganda music, the covert musical operations of the Office of Strategic Services and the Central Intelligence Agency, and the development of weaponized music and sonic environments over the 20th and 21st centuries. Courses taught at UCLA include Music and Politics, Music as Political Instrument in the Sixties, Film and Music; courses assisted have included Popular Jewish and Israeli Music.

Danielle has presented papers at the national conferences for the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, as well as at the Wagner 1900 Conference at the University of Oxford and the Transnational Opera Studies Conference at the University of Bern.

She is the recipient of the American Musicological Society’s Ingolf Dahl Memorial award in musicology for her paper “The Office of Strategic Services Musac Project: ‘Lili Marleen,’ Marlene Dietrich, and the Propaganda Music of WWII,” and her research has received support from the Milken Foundation for Jewish Music, the Ciro Zoppo Research Fellowship, the UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Program, and the University of California Del Amo Fellowship.

Also a soprano, former USO performer, and an avid community arts producer, Danielle maintains a private voice studio in Hollywood and serves as the Assistant Artistic Director and Vice President of the Celestial Opera Company, is a co-founder of the California Music Collective, and serves on the board of the Émigré Composers Orchestra.

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