Many of the poems in my first book
, Dreaming of Days in
Astophel, are also songs.
Adele Gardner and the French Double harpischord at CNU. Photo
by Anne Haynes, from the collection of Adele Gardner.
Education & Honors
Highlights: Formally trained in violin (1981-1984), voice (1984-1985),
guitar (1987-1990), and harpsichord (1990-1994).
Bachelor of Arts in English
Literature, with Music Minor in Performance (Harpsichord).
University, Newport News, Va., May 1993. GPA: 4.0. Top graduate
of class. My music minor culminated in a
forty-minute solo recital.
Dozier Junior High School, Newport News, Virginia, 1981-82, Orchestra
(violin), Teacher: Mrs. Herbison. Selected to perform in All-City
Orchestra with students from other schools. Continued
private violin lessons after moving to Radcliff, Kentucky.
Radcliff Junior High School, Radcliff, Kentucky,
1984-85, Chorus (soprano), Teacher: Mike Hendrickson. Our chorus
won the right to participate in the All-State Choral Competition.
Denbigh High School, Newport News, Virginia, 1987-88,
Guitar, Teacher: John Boyles.
Christopher Newport University, 1988-90, Guitar,
Instructor: John Boyles; 1990-93, Harpsichord, Instructor: Anne
Haynes. Continued to take harpischord lessons with Anne Haynes
through the continuing education program at CNU, 1993-94.
Won the competition for and held
the post of Titled Bard of the Barony
of Marinus (SCA Kingdom of Atlantia), 1992-93, through winning
the Eistedffod Competition at the Baronial Birthday celebration--a
competition that included my performance of one of my original
songs and one medieval ballad set to my original music.
I taught myself fingerpicking folk guitar starting in 1986.
Adele Gardner, Senior Harpischord Recital, CNU. Photo by Anne
Haynes, from the collection of Adele Gardner.
Many of the songs I've written have had their lyrics
published as poems; some have had their sheet music published
as well. Please note that older publications have
appeared under variations of my full name (Carolyn Adele Gardner),
former nickname (Lyn), or SCA
name (Deirdre Ní Fionnula).
- "All a Maid," Nod-y-Rit,
“Farewell to Avalon,”
Eldritch Science, No. 3, Feb. 1989. Reprinted in
The Gargoyle: A Gothic Review, Vol. 1, No.5, May/June,
1994. Collected in Dreaming
of Days in Astophel by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Sam's Dot
Publishing, 2011. Reprinted in Eye
to the Telescope: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association
Online Journal of Speculative Poetry, Iss. 16, Apr.
2015, Speculative Poetry About Music, Ed. Diane Severson.
- "The Faithless Sailor," Visions,
Vol. 2, Iss. 2, Spring 1988. (Published
with the sheet music I composed.)
- "I Am Bereft," Nod-y-Rit,
- "Left in Lance's Box," Warrior Poets: The
Magazine of Medieval Poetry, No. 6, Nov./Winter 1999.
- "Let It Be the Last," Nod-y-Rit,
- "The Lord of My Dunn," Nod-y-Rit,
- "The Maid's Farewell to Lord Thorbjorn,"
of Fancy, annual publication of Moot Points,
- "The Marinus Scriptorium," Nod-y-Rit,
- "The Serpent's Price," Hadrosaur
Tales 10, 2001.
- "What to Look for in a Lord," Nod-y-Rit,
Aug./Sept. 1992; Moot
Points, July 1993.
- "While the Candles Burn," Nod-y-Rit,
Sept./Oct. 1992; Currents, Spring 1993; The
Black Lily, Iss. 10, Spring 2002.
Under my then-nickname, Lyn Gardner,
I wrote the following program notes for my Senior Harpsichord
Adele with the Collegium Musicum, performing
medieval sacred music at CNU in the fall of 1993. Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Clyde Brockett. Photo by Delbert R. Gardner, from the collection
of Adele Gardner.
Numerous student and
community recitals and performances from 1978-1993, in harpsichord,
guitar, and voice. Includes church, junior high, high school,
and college performances.
More about public school
performances. Played violin in the All-City Orchestra while
attending Dozier Middle School in 1981-82. With the Radcliff
Junior High School Chorus, in addition to school recitals
from 1984-85, I went to the All-State Choral Competition in
1985. At Denbigh High School, in addition to guitar recitals
from 1987-88, I performed solo (voice and guitar, Irish folk
music) at the Latin Club's Saturnalia in 1987.
More about church performances.
Highlight: Regularly performed with the Children's Choir at
Asbury United Methodist Church (directed by my father Delbert
R. Gardner, with my mother Marilyn H. Gardner playing piano
and my siblings and I all singing). As both child and adult,
I took part in numerous United Methodist choirs, as well as
my first public performance at a talent show at Lakeside United
Methodist Church in 1978 (age eight), where I sang "My
Name Is Stegosaurus." This was my first public performance.
More about college performances.
As a harpsichord student, I took part in many public recitals,
performing as part of the Music Department's lineup either
as a solo harpsichordist or paired with Gretchen Andersen
on flute (what fun!), a duo created by our teacher, Anne Haynes.
These performances culminated in my forty-minute solo Senior
Harpsichord Recital on May 5, 1993. Following graduation,
Dr. Clyde Brockett, my music history teacher, enthusiastically
recruited me for his new Collegium Musicum; we performed medieval
sacred music at CNU in the fall of 1993 (a joyful experience!).
at official events as a bard in the SCA (voice & guitar;
folk & medieval music, with some original compositions
and arrangements), 1990-93. Included taking part in the Eistedffod
Competition in 1992 and a command performance for the Baron
and Baroness of Marinus at the following Baronial Birthday
celebration in 1993. As an SCA bard, I also gave several performances
at different locations for the Turleyanne Renaissance Festival
in Downtown Hampton on Oct. 17, 1992.
Performed original acoustic
and folk songs (voice and guitar) at the open mic at Ramblin'
Conrad's, Norfolk, Virginia, and at a guest appearance with
owners of Ramblin' Conrad's in Virginia Beach, 1993.