Established in 2007, Ceremonious Strings is dedicated to providing you with the finest ensemble of musicians for your special day.


In August 2015, Ceremonious Strings LLC was chosen to perform wedding ceremony & cocktail hour music for the nuptials of comedian Tracy Morgan & Megan Wollover at the Ashford Estate. We were proud to have been selected by Jenny Orsini Events to perform for this magical day!

Jaime Chavan (Cello), Susan Degoey (Violin) & Susan Elsayed-Davenport (Violin) are the "heart" of ceremonious strings. Jaime is the string orchestra director for the Southern Regional School District, in Manahawkin; Sue Degoey is the string orchestra director for the Toms River High Schools; and Sue Davenport is the string orchestra director at the Brigantine North School and at Mainland Regional High School.

All of the Ceremonious Strings players are active freelance musicians throughout New Jersey. We play together frequently and have experience in a multitude of performance areas! In addition to our school teaching and wedding gigs, we can be found in the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, with the Jersey Shore Pops and on the podium directing the Garden State Youth Orchestra.

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