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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

Phone: 772-486-8668

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.

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Performance Packages

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

essence of your wedding ceremony: from prelude to recession, or for another cherished event.

The White Wave” $ 900.00*

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.


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.

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There is a pleasure by the deep sea... and music in its roar.”- Lord Byron

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.

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

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

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.

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Selecting Your Music



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.


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.
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
CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL: Copland, Bernstein, Barber
MODERN POPS: Cole Porter, Beatles, Led Zeppelin

Ocean String Quartet Sample Play List*

SAMPLE: “Smith” Wedding – Saturday May 2, 2010

Ceremony Location: Oceanside Gardens

Officiant’s Name: Jonathan Willae

Procession Pointer/Wedding Planner: J. Lopez

Quartet Instrument Cases Area: The Hidden Courtyard

Quartet Arrival:3:30pm Prelude:4:00pm Ceremony: 4:30 Cocktail Hour: 5-6pm


6. Jesu – Joy of Man’s Desiring

32. Water Music –Handel

16. Sheep May Safely Graze-

10. Largo- Winter- Vivaldi

Wedding Ceremony

Estimated Walk Time: 3 minutes

Mothers: 2. Trumpet Voluntary

Bridal Party Processional : 7. Pachelbel’s Canon

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_________.”


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:

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Musical Repertoire

The Prelude/ Ceremony

The Wedding Album Volume I

  1. Trumpet Tune

  2. Trumpet Voluntary

  3. Wedding March/ Wagner

  4. Rondeau

  5. Entrance to the Queen of Sheba

  6. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

  7. Canon by Pachelbel

  8. Air - Bach

  9. Aria From Xerxes

  10. Largo from “Winter”

  11. Liebestraum

  12. Wedding March/ Mendelssohn

The Wedding Album

Volume II

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

Volume III

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

Classical/Baroque etc.

28. Bradenburg #2- Bach

29. Bradenburg #3 – Bach

30. Brandenburg #5 – Bach

31 Royal Fireworks – Handel

32 Water Music – arrang. Handel

33. Water Music - Handel

34 Quartet #48 – Haydn

35 Quartet #68 – Haydn

36 Palladio – Jenkins

The Romantic Collection

49 Anitra’s Dance – Gynt

50 Blue Danube – Strauss

51 Evening Prayer

53 Humming Chorus – Madame Butterfly – Puccini

54 Intermezzo from Cavaleri Rusticano- Arr. J Nurse

55 Jerusalem

56 Pavanne – Ravel

57 Pavanne – Faure

58 Rhosymedre

59 Salut D’Amour

62 Traumerie

Romantic Classics (M. Naughtin)

63 Adagio from the “Pathetique” Sonata- Beethoven

64 Adagio for Strings- Barber

65 Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme- Puccini

66 Clair de Lune- Debussy

67 Entr’acte to Act III of ‘Carmen’- Bizet

68 ‘Flower Song’ from ‘Carmen’- Bizet

69 Golliwog’s Cake-walk- Debussy

70 Three Gymnopedies- Satie

71 Largo from the “New World” Symphony- Dvorak

72 Meditation from Thais- Massenet

73 Menuet from “Le Tombeau de Couperin”- Ravel

74 Morning Mood from ‘Peer Gynt’- Grieg

75 Pavane- Faure

76 Pavane por une infant defunte- Ravel

77 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini : 18th Variation- Rachmoninov

78 Romance- Shostakovich

79 “Vilia” from “The Merry Widow”- Lehar

80 Vocalise- Rachmaninov

81 The Girl with the Flaxen Hair- Debussy


82 Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye)

83 All You Need is Love – The Beatles

84 Have I Told You Lately- Rod Stewart

85 If I Fell- The Beatles

86 She- from the movie Notting Hill

87 Somewhere in Time

88 Sunrise, Sunset – Fiddler on the Roof

89. You Raise Me Up

90 A Whiter Shade of Pale

Classical / Romantic / Opera

  1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart

2 Palladio – Jenkins

2 Hungarian Dance #5

3 Slavonic Dance #8

4 Three Slavonic Dances

5 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini : 18th Variation- Rachmoninov

6 Romance- Shostakovich

Classic Opera Album- Rabinowitz

7 Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme- Puccini

8 Entr’acte to Act III of ‘Carmen’- Bizet

9 ‘Flower Song’ from ‘Carmen’- Bizet

10. Carmen – Bizet

11 Ballata – Rigoletto

12 Chanson du Roi – Faust

13 Intermezzo – Cavalleria Rusticano

14 Intermezzo from Cavaleri Rusticano- Arr. J Nurse??

15 Ah, Fuggi il Traditor – Don Giovanni

16 Deh Vieni, Non Tardar –

17 The Marriage of Figaro -Mozart

18 Libiamo – La Traviata – Verdi

19 Quando M’en Vo Soletta per la Via –La Boheme - Puccini

20 Vin O Biere – Faust

21 Flower Duet-Lakme- Delibes

22 Nessun Dorma – La Traviatta

23 Intermezzo from “Sylvia”

Tango / Exotic Music

24 Adios Muchacho

25 Besame Mucho

26 Escovado

27 Espana

28 Por Una Cabeza

29 Tango del Maurice

The Latin Album (M. Naughtin)

30 Bachianas Brazileiras #5- Villa Lobos

31 Blue Tango- Anderson

32 Danzas Argentinas #2- Ginastera

33 Habanera from Carmen- Bizet

34 Jalousie Tango- Gade

35 La Bamba- Traditional

36 Manha de Carnaval from Black Orpheus – Bonfa

37 Noites Cariocas- Bandolim

38 Por Una Cabeza Tango – Gardel

39 Tango in D- Albeniz

40 Tanguedia III- Piazzolla

41 Tico-Tico Samba- Abreu

42 El Choclo Tango – Villoldo

43 Lamento Quicha- Gianneo

Swimg/Jazz Collection

44 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Duke Ellington Arrangment

45 The Entertainer – Scott Joplin

46 What a Wonderful World
Duke Ellington for Strings Album

47 Caravan

48 Creole Love Call

49 Day Dream

50 Do Nothin’ Till You hear from Me

51 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

52 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart

53 I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good)

54 I’m Just a Lucky So and So

55 In a Sentimental Mood

56 It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

57 Mood Indigo

58 Satin Doll

59 Solitude

60 Sophisticated Lady

61 Prelude to a Kiss

62 Take the “A” Train

Cole Porter Volume.I

63. All of You

64. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

65. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

66. I Love You

67. What Is this Thing Called Love?

68. It’s All Right With Me

Cole Porter Volume II

69 Night and Day

70 You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to

71 I Concentrate on You

72 Begin the Beguine

73 I Get a Kick Out of You

Jammin’ Jazz Album

74 It’s Only a Paper Moon

75 It Had to be You

76 Blue Moon

77 Take Five

78 Black Orpheus

Modern Pops/Broadway/Other

79.All I Ask of You- Phantom of the Opera

80 All You Need is Love – The Beatles

81 Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye)

82 From This Moment On- Shania Twain

83 If I Fell- The Beatles

84 Fantasy on: “I Dreamed a Dream”- Les Miserables

85 Have I Told You Lately- Rod Stewart

86 Michelle – The Beatles

87 Music of the Night- Phantom of the Opera

88 La Vie en Rose

89 One Hand One Heart- West Side Story *

Leonard Bernstein

90 Only Time- Enya

91 Pomp and Circumstance – E. Grieg

92 Scarborough Fair

93 She- from the movie Notting Hill

94 Somewhere in Time

95 Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

96 Sunrise, Sunset – Fiddler on the Roof

97 Unforgettable- Nat King Cole

98 Viva La Vida- Coldplay

99 You Raise Me Up

100 A Whiter Shade of Pale

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