Effesenden Music

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About Effesenden Music

Effesenden Music is a pop string quartet located in Portland, Oregon whose speciality is writing, arranging and performing your unique musical requests. With more than 500 custom arrangements in a wide-array of musical styles from hip hop to movie themes, classical to jazz, bluegrass to sacred, these musicians for a wedding tailor their musical playlists to your own personalized wedding style.

Services Offered
Effesenden Music offers couples a variety of entertainment services. Options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ceremony Music
  • Cocktail Hour Music
  • Dinner Music
  • Reception Music
  • Will Learn New Songs
  • String Quartet, String Trio
  • Irish and Acoustic Music
  • Sacred Music
  • Jazz Violin
  • Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums
  • String Orchestras
  • Rock Violin inspired by Lindsey Stirling and the Piano Guys
  • Ensembles with Vocalists
  • Solo Violin
  • Destination Weddings


Areas Covered

Effesenden Music performs at Portland's hip hotels and historic churches. They also gladly travel to destination events in the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Bend, the Oregon Coast and the beautiful Willamette Valley Wine country. This tenacious string quartet also regularly performs for weddings outside of Oregon including California's Wine Country and destination weddings in Hawaii where violin adds just the right touch!

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Super fun Celtic cocktail hour!  Photo courtesy of Sol Neelman.
Super fun Celtic cocktail hour! Photo courtesy of Sol Neelman.
Effesenden Music: musicians for a wedding
Effesenden Music: musicians for a wedding
Gorgeous vineyard wedding in Sonoma
Gorgeous vineyard wedding in Sonoma
Solo Violin can be a great touch for an intimate family wedding
Solo Violin can be a great touch for an intimate family wedding
We love the combination of upright bass with violin and rhythm instrument-- rich and beautiful like...
We love the combination of upright bass with violin and rhythm instrument-- rich and beautiful like...
A stunning and intimate wedding in Napa, CA.  Our trio provided music for ceremony and cocktail hour...
A stunning and intimate wedding in Napa, CA. Our trio provided music for ceremony and cocktail hour...
Beautiful destination wedding ceremony!  Our acoustic duo performed for the ceremony followed by our...
Beautiful destination wedding ceremony! Our acoustic duo performed for the ceremony followed by our...
Beautiful Vineyard wedding!  A fusion of Southern and Scottish traditions made for exciting musical...
Beautiful Vineyard wedding! A fusion of Southern and Scottish traditions made for exciting musical...
From ceremony to cocktail hour-- our duo grows to a quartet for this beautiful vineyard wedding!...
From ceremony to cocktail hour-- our duo grows to a quartet for this beautiful vineyard wedding!...
Another music lovin' flower girl!
Another music lovin' flower girl!
Cocktail Hour music!
Photo courtesy of Profile Photo.
Cocktail Hour music! Photo courtesy of Profile Photo.
So fun to play surrounded by vintage airplanes!
So fun to play surrounded by vintage airplanes!
Intimate wedding held at a private residence.  Solo violin was a perfect fit.
Intimate wedding held at a private residence. Solo violin was a perfect fit.
One of the sweetest weddings of 2012-- loved every inch of this beautiful couple's charming day at...
One of the sweetest weddings of 2012-- loved every inch of this beautiful couple's charming day at...
Effesenden Music performing at Bridal Veil Lakes
Effesenden Music performing at Bridal Veil Lakes
So many of our most popular wedding songs feature guitar.  From Ed Sheehan to John Mayer to the...
So many of our most popular wedding songs feature guitar. From Ed Sheehan to John Mayer to the...
Many people don't think of upright bass for wedding music but it is a great versatile option when...
Many people don't think of upright bass for wedding music but it is a great versatile option when...
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Kids at the wedding
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A beautiful summer wedding at McMenamins Edgefield.  The bride walked in to our arrangement of...
A beautiful summer wedding at McMenamins Edgefield. The bride walked in to our arrangement of...
Jamming on the Haleakala Crater at Sunset the night before a beautiful wedding at the iconic Haiku...
Jamming on the Haleakala Crater at Sunset the night before a beautiful wedding at the iconic Haiku...
Love these amazing musicians!  Everyone is so passionate about music and also just a really cool...
Love these amazing musicians! Everyone is so passionate about music and also just a really cool...
Seems like kids always have the most fun at weddings!  Here we are playing for one of the most...
Seems like kids always have the most fun at weddings! Here we are playing for one of the most...
An Italian old-world vibe in a romantic candle-lit Portland wine cellar
An Italian old-world vibe in a romantic candle-lit Portland wine cellar
The gorgeous waterfall at Eagle Creek.  Our string trio
The gorgeous waterfall at Eagle Creek. Our string trio
Love playing out in the Willamette Valley wine country.  The sky was gorgeous on this particular...
Love playing out in the Willamette Valley wine country. The sky was gorgeous on this particular...
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Multi-instrumentalist Nate Macy is a wonderful member of our ensemble.  Nate has been performing...
Multi-instrumentalist Nate Macy is a wonderful member of our ensemble. Nate has been performing...
From Left to Right:  Wendy Goodwin, Nelly Kovalev & Noelle Sisk.  Nelly and Noelle are two of...
From Left to Right: Wendy Goodwin, Nelly Kovalev & Noelle Sisk. Nelly and Noelle are two of...
Cellist Katherine Schultz is one of our newest members and we could not be more pleased to have her!...
Cellist Katherine Schultz is one of our newest members and we could not be more pleased to have her!...
Dave Iula is an exceptional guitarist.  With a degree in jazz guitar from the prestigious North...
Dave Iula is an exceptional guitarist. With a degree in jazz guitar from the prestigious North...
Pianist Aaron Pruitt is a wonderful presence in our troupe of musicians.  A creative and detail...
Pianist Aaron Pruitt is a wonderful presence in our troupe of musicians. A creative and detail...
Nolan Staples' passion and talent is apparent every time he picks up his bass!  He creates beautiful...
Nolan Staples' passion and talent is apparent every time he picks up his bass! He creates beautiful...
Trevor Fitzpatrick is an exceptional cellist and we have been privileged to enjoy his beautiful...
Trevor Fitzpatrick is an exceptional cellist and we have been privileged to enjoy his beautiful...
Owen is one of the most creative string players we've ever worked with!  His cello playing is...
Owen is one of the most creative string players we've ever worked with! His cello playing is...
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Super fun Celtic cocktail hour!  Photo courtesy of Sol Neelman.
Super fun Celtic cocktail hour! Photo courtesy of Sol Neelman.
Effesenden Music: musicians for a wedding
Effesenden Music: musicians for a wedding

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35 Reviews for Effesenden Music

Recommended by 99% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 5.0
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    Annie · Married on 10/14/2017

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    We had a fantastic experience with Wendy and Effesenden Music both in the lead-up to as well as on the day of our wedding. Wendy is very communicative, professional, and flexible, and she and her team are incredibly talented. With an extensive repertoire and willingness to accommodate custom music selections, Effesenden has such a diverse offering (and rock-star musicians), making for a beautiful and customized day-of experience. Unequivocally better than any DJ or recording. Thank you again for making our wedding day so special!

    Sent on 11/20/2017

    Effesenden Music's reply:

    Thanks Annie! I really enjoyed working with you and we loved playing for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. The whole wedding was just stunningly beautiful! Best wishes to you guys and thanks again for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day!
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    Angie · Married on 06/23/2017

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    We loved working with Wendy and Effesenden Music. She was very professional, caring, helpful in designing music and flexible during the ceremony to produce a WONDERFUL experience for all.
    She coordinates a wide variety of talented musicians (instrumental and vocalists) plus has a large portfolio of music suggestions (and open to learn new). We had an outdoor wedding, Wendy/cousin sang and played guitar/violin. My favorites were her Celtic music, very beautiful, however our guests enjoyed all. We had many compliments on our ceremony music. I highly recommend Effesenden Music for any event!

    Sent on 07/02/2017

    Effesenden Music's reply:

    It was so much fun playing for your wedding! Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your day and best wishes to you and your family!

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Effesenden Music FAQ

  • What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music? $ 350.00
  • What is the price of your most popular wedding package? $ 750.00
  • Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package? Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Learn New Songs, Microphones, Reception Music, Sound/PA System
  • What ceremony music arrangements can you provide? Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, String - Trio, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, Soloist / Vocalist
  • How many musicians are in your band(s)? 1 - 3, 4 - 6, 7+
  • What instruments does your group play? Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
  • What services do you provide? Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Learn New Songs, Liability Insurance, Microphones, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sample Performances, Sound/PA System, Vocals

Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements

  • EJP Events
    EJP Events Wedding Planners

    I have worked with Wendy and her team of talented musicians over the past several years at many weddings. No matter how remote the location, or how complex the day's outline of events, her musicians always show up on time, looking professional, and are ready to perform. I am always amazed at people who do art as a business and make it look like all in a day's work, and Effensenden Music does it so well. Finally, the variety of the styles of music that you can get makes them an ideal choice for couples wanting to please many tastes and age groups. I have heard them play everything from bluegrass to Beatles to classical.

  • Blush Bridal Consultation Group
    Blush Bridal Consultation Group Wedding Planners

    Wendy and her amazing team of musicians are some of the most dedicated and talented artists in the industry. Each time we work with them we're amazed at their broad array of capabilities. Wendy in particular, takes the time to meet with each couple in order to understand exactly what their vision is for their wedding music. She and her team then spend countless hours learning almost any piece you want played, whether it be a hit from U2 or the traditional Canon in D. There are no limits to what they can contribute to your special day and we can't recommend them enough!

  • Designs by Muse
    Designs by Muse Banquet Halls

    Incredibly talented! If you want to awe your guests with music that is posed to be an experience then Effesenden is the perfect choice.

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    503-212-4371 (Phone number)

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