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.

Effesenden Solo Violin
Effesenden Solo Violin at Youngberg Vineyards. Photo credit: Lauren Brooks

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.

Effesenden Acoustic Quartet

Violin & Guitar Sample mp3: Be Thou My Vision

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.

Violin, Guitar & Cello Sample mp3:  Copperline 

Effesenden Acoustic Trio
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.

Effesenden String Quartet in Hawaii
Effesenden String Quartet in Hawaii

String Quartet sample mp3:  Beautiful Day
String Trio sample mp3:  Just Like Heaven

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.

Piano with String Trio mp3 sample:  Clocks
Piano Quartet mp3 sample: All of Me
Piano Quintet mp3 sample:  When the Stars Go Blue

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.

Effesenden Acoustic Quartet
Effesenden Acoustic Quartet

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.

Large Ensemble with Vocals mp3 sample:  You Are Mine

LIVE RECEPTION MUSIC

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!

Effesenden Music Jazz Ensemble
Effesenden Jazz Ensemble with Drums


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.