Ocean String Quartet “There is a pleasure by the deep sea… and music in its roar.”- Lord Byron
Matt Stott - Violin
Nicole Ballinger - Violin
Richard Ballinger - Viola
Tom Silliman – Cello
For Additional Information Please Contact: Nicole Ballinger
Event Coordinator / Violin
P.O. Box 1783
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Fax: (801) 499-8668
Ocean String Quartet
Get to Know Us!
The Ocean String Quartet is a professional string quartet founded in September 2003. The group has enjoyed playing for many different special events including weddings, receptions and studio performances. They have performed at various venues in the Treasure Coast areas such as: The Vero Beach Art Museum, Indian Riverside Park, Club Med and many other garden and beachside venues. Featured below are short bios of the Quartet members.
Richard Ballinger, Viola
Richard is a director in the IRC Public School Orchestra Program where he has more than 170 string students. He attended Florida Southern College where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree. Richard came to Vero Beach in 2004 after teaching privately and directing youth orchestras in Stuart, Florida. He has performed in and as a soloist with several orchestras throughout the state of Florida. When he's not busy teaching or performing he's busy playing with the couple’s beagle, surfing, boating or swimming… thus the inspiration for the Quartet’s name.
Nicole Ballinger, Violin
Nicole has been performing for 20 years and started her musical studies with private instruction in Rhode Island. After her move to Florida she returned to music performance along with her husband Richard. She has performed with several community orchestras, among them the Indian River Pops.
She also enjoys teaching private string lessons in Vero Beach. In her spare time she loves to relax on the beach and has avid interests in photography, gourmet cooking & interior decoration and design.
Matt Stott, Violin
Matt is an active string artist and teacher in the Vero Beach string community. He’s a director of the IRC Public School Orchestra Program which includes 5 schools. He attended Baylor University in Texas where he graduated with a degree in Music Education. Since then he’s performed with many string ensembles and as a Soloist with orchestras in the state of Florida. Matt also coaches high school basketball and enjoys keeping active in the community by participating in local marathons. He also enjoys traveling, hiking and camping in many parts of the country.
Dr.Tom Silliman, Cello
Dr. Tom Silliman is in his sixteenth year as an orchestra director and string teacher with the Brevard County School District, currently teaching in the Bayside High School and serving as orchestra director at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay. He is the assistant principal cellist of the Brevard Symphony and the artistic director/concert orchestra conductor of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. Dr. Silliman has a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from James Madison University and Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in cello performance from Arizona State University. He also performs with his wife Becky in the Highwire Flute and Cello duo.
Ocean String Quartet
Our extensive library of quartet music may be arranged into the following custom package arrangements. A variety of musical styles may be selected for your event.
Please contact the Quartet's Event Coordinator a minimum of two-three months in advance of your event so as to arrange an accurate quote and musical arrangements. “TheSeaSpray” $ 600.00*
One hour performance of Quartet. The best choice to capture the entire
Two hour performance which includes part of the cocktail/reception hour (if held at the same venue). Many clients prefer this performance as an extra touch to The Sea Spray as the bridal party and/or guests are able to enjoy a beautiful selection of music while taking photos. “The Sea Shell” $1050.00*
Two and a half hours of beautifully chosen music to compliment a unique celebration. Perfect for the event that wants to focus on the special moments of a laissez-faire occasion. This package blends the sound of voices and music like the calm hum of a seashell. “Sea Glass” “$1200.00 Three hours of music to grace the event wanting to make a radiant impression on its guests or clientele. This package is perfect for galas, dinners and other festive occasions. Guests will feel as if they’ve had the rare honor of scooping sea glass off a vast shore.
“The Dolphin” $1350.00
Three and a half hours of delightful musical choices. The Quartet would be open to requests from those in attendance (Guest Request Programs provided). This package is great fun for everyone and involves the guests in the musical experience!
“ The Mermaid” $1500.00
Four Hours of exquisitely chosen music designed around the occasion of choice.
This is the diamond of all packages and would include both Guest Request Programs and
A Special Touch of Custom Music compliments of the quartet!
A creative and elegant choice for weddings or events where the Quartet will be a backdrop to the entire celebration from the ceremony to the cutting of the cake. “Special Touch Custom Music” When one would like to have music performed which is not currently on our list, we would be happy to arrange a custom music package for the quartet to perform. The fee will be determined by the complexity of the music requested and/or any rehearsals with other musicians chosen outside the quartet. Please discuss these plans with the Quartet coordinator. Seven (7) weeks notice is requested for this service.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR SPECIAL EVENT: A 25 % deposit of your package selection is required with the return of a signed contract by EchoSign/Paypal or mail. The deposit is deducted from the balance, which will be due the week of your event. Booking of the Quartet requires a minimum advance booking of 1 - 2 months to facilitate availability of members & the Quartet’s practice sessions of the music and any custom arrangements. *NOTE: If the selected venue is a beach/outdoor location, employer agrees to a minimum gratuity of $100 in add. to regular rates- between May-September.
Ocean String Quartet
“There is a pleasure by the deep sea... and music in its roar.”- Lord Byron
SELECTING YOUR MUSIC Music, like the ocean, can transport us on a journey, and lift us to new places and experiences. We’re able to feel peaceful, excited or joyful. Through music we can express emotions in a unique way and with the special person we love.
Music also creates an atmosphere that provides lasting memories of a very special event. Many thus view music for their events as a way to show how they feel about not only themselves but those they celebrate their event with---
their family and friends.
The Ocean String Quartet would like to support you in your selection of music
by providing a brief outline of the music many people choose to compliment their wedding ceremonies and/or receptions. CEREMONY MUSIC SELECTION PRELUDE
The time before the wedding ceremony sets the general mood of what is to follow. We suggest that the music selected be tranquil and reflective so as to build the anticipation of the wedding party’s entrance. Prelude music is generally played anywhere from 15-20 minutes before the ceremony and is a great backdrop for the guests to arrive to. SUGGESTED MUSIC: Air on the G String – Bach, Largo from “The Four Seasons”-Vivaldi, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring- Bach PROCESSIONAL This is the moment that the music will officially announce the beginning of the wedding ceremony. Depending on the size of the bridal party and who are considered part of it (e.g.: mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearer) this may include several pieces of music, one for the bridal party and one for the bridal entrance. There is also an option of one selection whereby the Quartet can increase its expression when signaled that the bride is coming. Either option is beautifully effective.
SUGGESTED MUSIC FOR BRIDE/BRIDAL PARTY: Pachelbel’s Canon, Wagner’s Wedding March, Te Deum, Water Music Finale, Allelujah/Exultate Jubilante SUGGESTED MUSIC FOR MOTHERS: Trumpet Volontary, Suite from the Fair Queen: Hornpipe, Water Music: Rondeau- Handel INTERLUDE
There may be ceremony interludes that you may want to consider having musical accompaniment. The following situations could be: Between readings, during a candle lighting or sand ceremony or after the exchange of rings or vows. SUGGESTED MUSIC: Selection from: Air on the G String – Bach, Meditation from “Thais” – Massenet, Gymnopedie – Satie, Clair de Lune- Debussey,
Nimrod –Elgar, You Raise Me Up- or a Custom Arrangement.
Ocean String Quartet
Selecting Your Music
RECEPTION MUSIC SELECTION POSTLUDE/ RECESSIONAL
Even if there is no formal recessional a joyous musical piece is needed to conclude the ceremony. It’s also nice to have music for the guests to transition to from the ceremony area to a receiving line and/or a reception area.
The music generally chosen for this is upbeat and at a faster tempo to celebrate the triumph of the ceremony. SUGGESTED MUSIC: Mendolssohn’s Wedding March, Handel’s Water Music Finale Alleluja from Exaltate Jubilante or Entrance to the Queen of Sheba.
COCKTAIL HOUR/ RECEPTION
The music selection for this hour has a more festive feel. Beverages and
hors d’oeurves are served and everyone is in a conversational mood. The music should reflect this change in atmosphere with selections of more romantic and/or modern pop music. Although if a classical approach is still desired we can play classical or neo-classical arrangements that have an upbeat feel to them. If a sit down dinner or buffet is planned, musical accompaniment from a string quartet is a romantic backdrop to the dining experience of the reception. For couples who wish to have just a few dances a chamber group may be the perfect touch. If not, a change in musical groups is not at all unusual and can provide a big energy boost for your reception!
SUGGESTED MUSIC: Upbeat Classical: (e.g.Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Palladio), Tangos, Swing Music and/or Modern Rock (e.g.: Beatles) Finally, to guide you on the styles of the different periods of music that Quartets play please note the following guide that may help you understand the different styles we can play. This will in turn reflect the type of mood you want your wedding music to have. STYLE PERIODS OF MUSIC Looking back 400-500 years, the broad periods of music are as follows: RENAISSANCE: Monteverdi and Palestrina BAROQUE: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel CLASSICAL: Mozart, Haydn ROMANTIC: Brahms, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky IMPRESSIONISM: Debussy, Ravel CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL: Copland, Bernstein, Barber MODERN POPS: Cole Porter, Beatles, Led Zeppelin
Bride: 3. Wagner’s Wedding March
Wedding Interlude- Sand Ceremony
Queue: “…our prayer for you today is that your lives together would take longer than the time it would take to separate the individual grains of sand.”
107. You Raise Me Up
End of Ceremony:
“By the authority vested in me I pronounce you husband and wife. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, who invite you to join them in celebration of this happy occasion at_________.”
MUSIC RECOMMENCES Recessional:
5. Entrance to the Queen of Sheba
* Play List Agreement: OSQ agrees to the above order of music for the ceremony and/or cocktail hour. Please Note: Cues will be a rough guide for the Quartet. The parties agrees that if unusual circumstances arise (due to the weather, the wedding party, script changes, minister and/or guests) the Quartet is at liberty to change cue entries, recycle, edit or choose additional music that will support the success of the special event with an uninterrupted flow of music.
Artist’s Initials Employer’s Initials:
Ocean String Quartet
The Prelude/ Ceremony
The Wedding Album Volume I
Wedding March/ Wagner
Entrance to the Queen of Sheba
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Canon by Pachelbel
Air - Bach
Aria From Xerxes
Largo from “Winter”
Wedding March/ Mendelssohn
The Wedding Album
13 Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
14 Traumeri - Schumann
15 Wachet Auf - Bach
16 Sheep may Safely Graze -Bach
17 Ode to Joy - Beethoven
18 Arioso - Bach
19 Panis angelicus - Franck
20 Andante - Mozart, from Piano Concerto #21.
21 Sleeping Beauty Waltz-Tchaikovsky
The Wedding Album
22 Te Deum -Charpentier, Prelude and Tu Devicto.
23 Bist du bei Mir -Bach
24 If With All Your Hearts - Mendelssohn, from Elijah.
25 My Heart Ever Faithful - Bach
26 Mediation - Massenet, from Thais.
27 Suite from the Fair Queen: Hornpipe, Air, Rondeau, Chorus. - Purcell