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)® .  

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.

As a musician, 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 became a Certified Music Practitioner in 1998.  

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.