Daniel Gardner

Composer | Teacher | Percussionist

Daniel Gardner is a Canadian composer, percussionist and teacher currently based out of London ON. Daniel is interested in the application of electroacoustics as an analogue for collaborative relationships in performance and how this could ultimately be used to overcome socioeconomic barriers to youth accessing music education. His master’s thesis, Prufrock: a monodrama for baritone and electronics, is an operatic work fully performable by a single singer that uses modular electronics influenced by Universal Design principles.


In the summer of 2019, Daniel was featured as a “young composer” at the Tuckamore Festival in St. John’s, NL where his piano trio In Lucem Omnia Vana was performed. In the fall of 2019, his piece Quatrain for voice and tape was performed in Canada and Columbia by soprano Maureen Batt as part of the 'Crossing Borders Tour.' Two of his compositions, Nervous Energy and Blue Leaves, were included as part of Andrew Noseworthy and Yaz Lancaster’s one in one project which was released as a collection of three albums by People Places Records in late 2020.


Daniel is interested in the intersection of music composition and music education. He recently worked with a team from Western University lead by Dr. Kari Veblen that worked with middle school students in London ON to compose and perform pieces on local sound sculptures. He is currently researching North American music teacher’s experiences of online teaching and how the existing literature can address the concerns of teachers teaching online for the first time. 

Daniel received his Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University where he studied composition with Kevin Morse, and percussion with Joel Cormier, and holds a Master of Music in Composition from Western University where he studied with Omar Daniel. Daniel currently works teaching drums, percussion and music theory in London ON.



M.Mus. in Composition; Western University (London, ON).

Thesis: Prufrock: a monodrama for baritone and electronics


Special Student (Music); Western University (London, ON).


B. Mus. (General); Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB)

Principle Composition Teachers

Omar Daniel (Western University, 2018-2020)

Peter Paul Koprowski (Western University, 2017-2018)

Troy Ducharme (Western University, 2016-2017)

Kevin Morse (Mount Allison University, 2013-2016)

Commercial Recordings

one in one (vol. 3) [Winter 2020]

Blue Leaves, performed by Andrew Noseworthy (e.gtr).

one in one (vol. 2) [Fall 2020]
Nervous Energy, performed by Yaz Lancaster (vln).

Mnemonic Verses (2018)

Ozymandius, performed by Ensemble Atlantica 

Professional Development in Composition

Tuckamore Young Composers Program (2019)

      A week-long workshop focusing on composing for strings and piano; prior to the workshop, I composed a work for piano trio—In Lucem Omnia Vana. Over the course of the week, I worked to further develop this work in conjunction with a Young Artist chamber ensemble and develop new material under the instruction of Andrew Staniland which was read by Nancy Dahn (vl) and Timothy Steeves (pno) of Duo Concertante

Overnight Opera (2014)                           

     A 24-hour intensive workshop on collaboration between composers and librettists facilitated by composer Kevin Morse and writer Lisa Codrington. In this workshop, I developed a short operatic scene with librettist Maxwell Lucas called Schadenfreude performed by Aude Urbancic (pno), Sarah Davies (m sop), and Janna Sherlock (sop).

Selected Performances

Crossing Borders: Living Room Edition (April 14th 2020)

     Quatrain, performed by Maureen Batt (sop); live-streamed on Facebook.

Crossing Borders Tour (October – November 2019)

     Quatrain, performed by Maureen Batt (sop); Halifax, NS (Oct 31st)- Paul O’Regan Hall;

     Pereira, CO (Nov 13th)- Universidad Tecnooógica de Pereira.

Tuckamore Young Artists Showcase (August 10th 2019) 

     In Lucem Omnia Vana, performed by Jessica Timmermans (vln), Emma Fisher (vlc),

     Laura Altenmueller (pno); Suncore Energy Hall, St. John, NL.

Electroacoustic Composer's Concert (March 20th 2018)

     Three Studies on Jonathan Harvey’s Ricercare una Melodia, performed by

     Mélanie Cosman (trp); Paul Davenport Theatre, London, ON.

Western Chamber Ensemble New Music Concert (October 23rd  2017)

     Fantasia for Flute and Percussion, performed by Tanner Wilson (flt), Sarek     

     Gutierrez (perc); Von Kuster Hall, London, ON.

Western Student Composer Concert (October 23rd  2017)

     Triptych; Von Kuster Hall, London, ON, performed by Luc Valliancourt (clr)

     and Megan Watt (pno).

Ensemble Atlantica's Maritime Tour (August 2016)

     Ozymandias, performed by Ensemble Atlantica; Wolfville, NS (Aug 19th)- Wolfville Baptiste     

     Church; Halifax, NS (Aug 20st)- Halifax Central Library; Moncton, NB (Aug 21st)- Mount Royal

     United Church.

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