Behind the Bow

In 2002, Wendy Goodwin married the love of her life, received a Master’s Degree in Classical Violin Performance and founded Effesenden Music. It was a busy year! Wendy’s goal from day one was to provide customized live wedding music of exceptional quality, tailored to the individual tastes of Effesenden’s clients.

Wendy Goodwin Bio PicWhere many musicians are rooted in just one style, Wendy’s experience and prowess with Jazz, Bluegrass, Celtic and Rock music, in combination with her flair for organization quickly distinguished Effesenden Music as a very popular choice for weddings. The company’s careful attention to detail and professionalism have made it a success with corporate events as well.


By day, Wendy inspires and encourages the next generation of musicians and music-lovers in her role as an elementary school music teacher. She has performed and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Grammy nominated soundtrack artists Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning and renowned acoustic guitarist Phil Keaggy. She frequently performs with many of Portland’s top jazz and indie artists in venues such as Wilfs, Jimmy Mac’s, the Aladdin, the Old Church, and more.

If it’s not music, then it’s all about family.  Wendy is incredibly grateful to be raising little girls in one of America’s most exciting urban cities.