After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible    is music.

Aldous Huxley

Melinda Gardiner is a singer, player of the lever harp and wire-strung cláirseach, liturgical musician, retreat leader, teacher, Registered Nurse, and Certified Music Practitioner(CMP)® .  

She has been offering therapeutic music to patients in many settings since 1990, and has been a member of the faculty of the Music for Healing & Transition Program since 1997.  She has been a Certified Music Practitioner since 1998.  

As a liturgical musician and cantor, Melinda has promoted the singing of St. Hildegard of Bingen's music in the context of liturgy for feast-days.  She is the co-author, with Mona Peck, of Shadows of the Living Light:  Songs of Hildegard of Bingen and Five Songs for Therapeutic Musicians.

Melinda has studied, taught and worked in the fields of healing and integrative medicine for 50 years. 

She particularly loves teaching.  It is a tremendous joy to encourage and assist people in developing and expressing their unique gifts, and a wonderful way to share one's enthusiasm for the extraordinary power and beauty that music can offer for growth, self-expression, healing, and prayer.