In music as with any field, you have your ups and downs… and then sometimes there are just those experiences that leave you totally inspired and reinvigorated. This tour was one such adventure for me.

I am a little late to cheer in the new year… after all we just celebrated Valentine’s Day!  An IMPORTANT one for folks in the wedding industry!  Did you have a good holiday?

In December I had the privilege of touring with the Celtic Trio for the 8th consecutive season.  This year we were joined by the talented Seattle based multi-instrumentalist, Eric Miller.

In music as with any field, you have your ups and downs… and then sometimes there are just those experiences that leave you totally inspired and reinvigorated.  This tour was one such adventure for me.

This crew is working on a new album and I just got back from Camano Island where I spent two days working on string parts to blend with flutes, whistles, vocals, all kinds of keyboard goodness and more.  It was a TRUE blessing as it is any time I get to create music with good people who are passionate about their craft.

Thanks for your continued interest in my musical journey and I hope that you find something here of interest whether it is inspiration for your wedding music or encouragement to another violinist looking for ways to channel creative energy.

Welcome and I hope to keep in touch a little better this year.

Celtic Trio 2017 Corvallis Concert


2016 Wedding Booking Special

Acoustic Christmas Ensemble

We’re Feeling Merry and Bright!

The holidays are here and you’re crossing to-dos off that wedding planning list!

In the spirit of celebration and planning, from Wednesday November 23rd through Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 mention this post to receive an $85 discount on 2016 wedding bookings.

Check out our music samples here on the website or contact us directly to learn more!

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

May 20th Acoustic Concert with Wendy Goodwin & Friends

Effesenden Musicians Perform for Acoustic Christmas

WHEN:  Sunday, May 20th, 2012  6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  West Chehalem Friends Church
16700 Northeast North Valley Road  Newberg, OR 97132

WHAT:  An Acoustic Evening with Wendy Goodwin & Friends
This concert is presented as a benefit for the West Chehalem Friends Church camp scholarship program.  The concert is free and family friendly.  Reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

Wendy Goodwin—Violin/Vocals
Aaron Pruitt—Piano/Vocals
Nate Macy—Guitar/Vocals
Jacob Jolliff—Mandolin
Nolan Staples—Bass
James “Jimmy” Watson—Percussion

I am looking forward to this concert!  While NOT a CD release, we WILL be performing all of the songs from my forthcoming CD along with covers by Peter Gabriel, super old hymns re-imagined by our guitarist Nate Macy—as part of his own upcoming CD release, and more.  The concert is free and totally family friendly—that is if your kids like upbeat, Celtic influenced music and lots of interesting instruments to look at followed by a reception with refreshments and plenty of room to run around.

I’m hoping that the gorgeous clover fields surrounding this country church will be in bloom.  If you’ve been out on North Valley Road in the late spring, you know what I’m talking about. . . but whether the bees and my calendar have it all lined up or not, I can promise a wonderful evening of music.  Please join us.  There’s even a CHANCE that my CD will be ready to go…but I can’t promise.

You can also help a really great cause while at this concert by making a donation to support the church’s camp scholarship fund.  I know that for me, attending camps like Tilikum Day Camp and Twin Rocks built lasting wonderful memories—For any of you out there around the same time as me, I have to say that my daughter’s favorite bedtime songs are now the Skunk Song and the Shark Song (with hand motions of course!)  The concert is free so you can come even if you don’t have the funds to send people to camp.  See you there!

Jimmy Mak’s with Tasha Miller

I am really looking forward to Thursday, December 15th!  Tasha Miller, my beautiful and mega-talented vocalist friend will be presenting a holiday concert called Human Kindness at Jimmy Mak’s together with the ensemble she dubs “the Educated Band.” 

Included in the Educated Band are iconic jazz powerhouse Dan Balmer  (guitar), Andrew Oliver (piano), Kevin Deitz (bass), Todd Strait (drums), and me, Wendy Goodwin on the violin.

Jimmy Mac'sChristmasConcert2011Tasha’s concerts are always memorable, moving, and a load of fun to experience.  It’s like being transported to an Old Hollywood movie where the word classy just doesn’t even do the experience justice. When Tasha performs, she goes for it!  You must see it and hear it to fully understand.

I’ll be opening the concert at 6:45 with a short set from my Acoustic Christmas series (for full details on Acoustic Christmas click here.) 




Consider Human Kindness as a very engaging alternative to the typical Holiday concert fare.  You will not be disappointed.

WHEN:  Thursday, December 15th, 2011
6:45-10:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Jimmy Mak’s
221 NW 10th  Portland OR 97209

COVER:  $25 for the full evening.  Dinner Reservations:  503-295-6542

Performing in Coram Deo Ensemble

I recently returned from a tour in Germany with the International New Classical group Coram Deo Ensemble.  This video was taken at a gorgeous cathedral in Füssen, Germany.   It was a lot of fun and one of the gentlemen helping us with the production on the tour (lights, sound etc.) runs an event company in Southern Bavaria.  Whereas most weddings Effesenden Music provides music for in the Pacific Northwest are situated outside on a beautiful vineyard or garden, Dirk told me that getting married in a church is the thing to do in Southern Germany.  One funny fact is that in spite of all the outdoor weddings I’ve played for in the Pacific Northwest–even some where it poured down rain, I have never been as cold as I was playing in this beautiful Catholic cathedral!


We will be touring Oregon, Washington and Vancouver B.C. in the coming 6 weeks.  I am looking forward greatly to playing with these wonderful musicians again.  You can read more about Coram Deo Ensemble on our Facebook page.


Portland Spirit Benefit Cruise For MamaBaby Haiti


WHEN:  Friday, May 13 6:45-9:30 p.m.

Portland Spirit’s Willamette Star

WHAT:  musical entertainment, wine, chocolate, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and beautiful cityscape views aboard the vessel!

HOW:  $100/person (Must be 21 years of age.)
Purchase Tickets! 

I don’t put too much on my blog about my personal life but this event on May 13th really means a lot to me.  Almost 2 years ago, I gave birth to a baby girl.  After reading Ina Mae’s Guide to Childbirth and watching the documentary the Business of Being Born, I was hell bent on having a natural birth—a water birth in fact at OHSU!  I did everything that I could to have a healthy pregnancy:  organic foods, exercise, cutting down on stress…I was surrounded by supportive friends and family.  Then Baby V was late. Very. Very. Late.  2 Weeks and still nothing!

To make a long story short, I ended up having an induced labor that included 56 hours of labor before I finally ended up having a C-section after baby V’s heart rate fell and her position was not changing. She…and possibly I would have died had we not had the excellent care of the competent and compassionate midwives and doctors at OHSU.  (Then WHO would have played violin for your wedding I ask! (:  )

When I think about mommies to be across the globe who don’t have that chance just because of where they were born, it leaves me breathless. Why me? Why do I get the chance to enjoy this life with my beautiful baby who is fast becoming a little girl when my sisters in Haiti do not?

I saw Bill Gates interviewed on Charlie Rose recently.  Here is a link to the transcript–The talk is really worth exploring. I know I really shouldn’t write this on a wedding music blog but I honestly think some people don’t value life in 3rd world countries because they think that the population is booming anyway…they think “Oh well, the women will just have more babies.” But as Bill Gates pointed out in this interview, the reason that these families have so many kids is in large part because they don’t think that all of them will survive. How tragic that this would be a reality of life! How amazing that we don’t have to think that way here in the states.

I believe with all my heart that every life is precious and I am ecstatic that MamaBaby Haiti is helping make a profound difference in the lives of individual women and children. Who knows what ramifications saving the lives and improving the quality of health for women and children in Haiti will have for our world. Maybe they are saving the life of the next Mother Theresa or Albert Einstein.

SO… please consider dressing up in your fancy duds and enjoying a wonderful evening on the Portland Spirit. I will be playing jazz violin and fiddle along with Nate Macy on guitar and Nolan Staples on upright bass. We sincerely hope you can join us!

MamaBaby Haiti is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of mothers and babies.  Their mission is to lower the maternal, fetal, and neonatal mortality rate in Haiti. MamaBaby Haiti is formed by a group of midwives and naturopathic doctors who serve women and families out of their birthing center and clinic in Haiti. They provide free prenatal, birth, postpartum, and pediatric care, in addition to education and other life saving services.

Acoustic Christmas Concert in the Pearl

Free • Family Friendly • Festive

Subject: Free Holiday Concert in the Pearl
Portland, Oregon. Tuesday, December 21st, 2010  7:30 p.m.

Attention Pearl District Families: looking for a holiday activity that is easy on the wallet and appealing to children, parents and grandparents alike?   The 7th annual Acoustic Christmas concert series with Wendy Goodwin & Friends will be holding a free holiday concert at the newly opened Cloud Seven Café on Jamison Square Park in the Pearl.

Violinist, vocalist and composer Wendy Goodwin will present this concert together with her 8-piece band including fiddle, cello, mandolin, world percussion, guitar, keys and vocals. Wendy’s friends represent some of Oregon’s top acoustic players many of whom are returning from national touring engagements just in time to create this magical evening of song. Not sure what “Acoustic Christmas” might mean? Think Trail Band meets Pink Martini… and did we mention this is free?

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 21st 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your little ones and bring your music loving friends! Cloud Seven Café located at 901 NW 10th will offer a great selection of espresso drinks, desserts and local wines in an atmosphere that somehow manages to be chic and homey all at the same time.

“A soothing antidote to the holiday hubbub,”
… news anchor Nancy Francis.

For a full listing of other concerts, and information visit: www.effesenden.com

The Tradition Returns: Acoustic Christmas is Coming!


Back for it’s sixth season, we are delighted to present three concerts this year!

Wednesday, December 2nd:  7:00 PM  Newberg Friends Church
307 South College Street  Newberg, OR 97132

Thursday, December 17th:  7:00 PM  Sydney’s Cafe with guest artist Dave Iula
NW 15th & Thurman Portland, OR 97209 503.241.4313

Tuesday, December 22nd:  Holladay Park Retirement Community
Portland, Oregon (semi-private event) 
If you are interested in attending, please call 503.860.7688

For your enjoyment, here is a live recording of Midnight on the Water from 2007.  Grab yourself a cup of cocoa (with marshmallows please) and enjoy!

Midnight on the Water Live