Welcome to Effesenden Music, Portland’s premier live wedding music company! My name is Wendy Goodwin and it has been my privilege to lovingly craft live string music for weddings, events, benefits and concerts since 2002.
With a repertoire bursting with customized unique and beautiful arrangements for string quartets, bands and chamber ensembles and a roster of musicians who are exceptional in their musicality and their heart, Effesenden Music performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, Napa and Hawaii.
If you’d like to see my personal performance schedule, please visit the concerts page or stop by the News section to read about all things musical and weddings.
Thanks for your interest in our music and I hope that you enjoy what you find here!
Live Wedding Music For Strings
Your style, your live music.
Congratulations! You are planning one of the most memorable, amazing days of your life. You want every aspect to represent your unique style as a couple and to create an atmosphere that your friends and family will truly love. While the venue, the flowers and the food are of course very important, the right music has an incredible ability to represent your style. It can be tricky though! Balancing your favorite music with styles and sounds that will work for everyone from your college roommates to your grandparents is no easy task.
Enter Effesenden Music! We offer live violin based ensembles for weddings ranging from string trios and quartets to diverse instrumentation such as guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin and more. While many artistic groups offer this instrumentation, where we are different is our repertoire and our focus on truly customizing the musical selections to your preferences and tastes for your wedding day.
We’ve got a repertoire of more than 150 customized arrangements written specifically for our live string ensembles and with every event we play, the list grows. We’ve got everything from Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift to Canon in D and we love the challenge of taking another genre of music and working it into a fantastic arrangement for live strings. The beauty? You and your friends will love hearing live performances of songs that are meaningful in a mode that will appeal to guests of every age and musical taste.
Ready to get started? Contact us today to tell us about your wedding or event. We provide customized quotes at of course, no charge and are happy to answer your music related wedding and event questions.
Next Steps . . .
Browse our Repertoire list– see if your favorite music is already there! Listen to samples of our different instrumentation. Many of these recordings were made live at actual weddings which is really important because you can hear the quality of musicians who perform with Effesenden. Read our Story… how we got into performing for weddings. Check out our Concerts page to see where Effesenden Music’s owner and arranger, violinist Wendy Goodwin is playing next.
Thanks for stopping by and best wishes as you plan your happily ever after!
Studio & Live
Please enjoy this sampling of our customized arrangements recorded mostly live at recent weddings along with a few studio session works. We hope that by providing you with samples from ACTUAL weddings, that the quality of our musicians and arrangements will be apparent and you can rest assured that we live up to our promises of quality, unique music every single time.
listen -String Quartet and String Trio performing Pop & Traditional Music
Acoustic Ensembles: Violin with Guitar, Cello and More
listen -Acoustic Ensembles: Violin with Piano, Cello, and More
Portland Wedding Musicians
Solo Violin for Wedding Ceremonies
Solo violin is a great choice for an intimate wedding ceremony. A solo violin can play almost any song as long as the piece has a memorable melody. Since there is just one voice, the sound will not be as full as a duo or larger ensemble but it will definitely be beautiful.
Live Violin & Guitar- Ceremonies and More
This acoustic duo can play almost any style of music. An excellent choice if you have several different types of music you want to pull together into a ceremony. The violin, guitar duo is also able to accommodate different sizes of events ranging from small, intimate weddings to large gatherings and outdoor venues. The duo can play without any amplification but when electricity is available, using amplification enhances the sound quality. Vocals may also be available with this duo as several of our instrumentalists are also excellent vocalists.
Live Violin, Guitar & Cello- Beautiful Ceremony, Versatile Repertoire for Receptions One of our most popular ensemble choices. This trio offers the classical element of two stringed instruments playing together with the added versatility and energy of the guitar. Our violinists & cellists love to play other styles of music besides classical including Celtic (Irish), Jazz, Pop and more. As with the Violin & Guitar duo, the trio can play unamplified or with amplification depending on the needs of the venue. Vocals are also typically included as an option.
Wedding String Trio & Quartet for Ceremonies and Receptions (2 Violins & Cello or 2 Violins, Viola & Cello) The classic wedding ensemble….with a twist! Our string trio and quartet repertoire includes all of the standard classical wedding music plus the most extensive list of pop and rock music arranged for strings available in Oregon. This music has been arranged specifically for Effesenden Music’s string trio and quartet by our musicians with unique weddings and events in mind. Ask us for a list of our current repertoire. We have many brides and grooms who choose to create a customized program of music that we arrange just for their day.
Live Acoustic for Weddings: Violin, Guitar, Cello & Upright Bass Such a unique, beautiful sound is created by this combination of instruments. The music performed can range from very traditional pieces like Canon in D on out to folk, pop, jazz, and rock. This is a great fit for brides and grooms looking for something a little bit different that will sound amazing. Able to perform with or without amplification.
Live Piano & Violin for Ceremonies and Receptions
(plus optional add in of Cello, Bass, Percussion and more…) Classical, Jazz, and more. The duo is similar to Violin & Guitar. We have an excellent keyboard available if there is no piano at the venue. Alternatively we can assist you in arranging for the rental of a beautiful baby grand piano. You will be surprised how inexpensive it really is and what a decadent look to have a Steinway placed on the patio overlooking an expansive vineyard or other setting. The duo is also a very popular choice for weddings taking place in churches and cathedrals. We are more than happy to accompany your guest vocalist in addition to being able to add our own vocals should you be interested.
Having a Catholic Wedding? Add the vocal talents of the incomparable Bethany Cibolski to one of the above ensembles to perform for your Catholic ceremony. It is critical for a Catholic mass wedding to have musicians who understand how the flow of this sacred ceremony works. We have performed for many high profile weddings of this nature and are excited to help you make your music reflect your style while carefully adhering to the traditions of the Catholic Nuptial Mass.
Live Jazz Trio
Violin, Bass and either Piano or Guitar. We play classic jazz from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Bublé, as well as Swing, Blues and Latin. Because many of our musicians can play several styles, you may be able to use the same musicians for your ceremony as your cocktail hour and dinner- saving time and money!
Live Jazz Quartet
Add drums to our jazz trio for a fully authentic jazz sound. We work with some of the best jazz drummers in Portland who will bring energy without ever being too loud.
Live Irish Trio Violin, Bass & Guitar with Vocals. Fast fiddle music and beautiful ballads. There is no better choice for toe-tapping energy than Irish music!
Live Irish Quartet Add a second fiddle or percussion to the above for an even more energetic sound.
Live Country & Bluegrass Band Our 4 and 5 piece country band including fiddle, vocals, guitar, bass and drums covers country and bluegrass music with style. Current repertoire includes music by Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks and more. We would love to learn your favorite country song!
Live Eclectic Folk/Rock/Jazz Our versatile musicians can combine styles to create a really fun, eclectic mix of music for your day. Instrumentation is determined by the songs you choose and can flex from 2 to 6 musicians.
Booking Inquiries and Press Kit Requests
Effesenden Music is located in Portland, Oregon where our talented musicians are active professionals in such organizations as the Oregon Symphony, Ballet, Opera, Portland jazz scene and vibrant acoustic and folk communities.
Effesenden Music’s string ensembles perform in such venues as the Portland Classical Chinese Gardens, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland’s Benson Hotel, Lewis and Clark College, the Eastside Exchange, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Old Church and many more.
Effesenden Music is also a frequent ceremony and reception music choice for destination weddings in Hood River, Parkdale, the Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley Wine Country, Bend, Sisters and Central Oregon and in California’s Wine Country (Sonoma, Napa) and Hawaii (Maui). As true Pacific NW personalities, we love to travel and bring our music to beautiful places and special occasions just about anywhere you can imagine.
PO Box 6411
Portland, OR 97228-6411
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