Ocean Strings is a professional acoustic duo (2 violins and/or violin/viola) that was formed by Richard & Nicole Ballinger in 2005. Since then they have enjoyed performing for many special events- including cocktail parties, garden and beachside weddings/ receptions along the Treasure Coast. Performance Venues have included: The Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, The Moorings, Pointe West, Grand Harbor Beach Club, Sea Oaks, Windsor & many other beachside venues.
_Richard Ballinger, Viola/Violin
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 more than 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 enjoys teaching a multi-diverse private string studio in Vero Beach. After music she enjoys community volunteering, beach time, gourmet cooking, photography, travel & interior decoration and design.
* PLEASE NOTE: Requests for dates are NOT considered an ensemble booking. Confirmed bookings are made only after acceptance of an approved agreement between one of our ensembles and our employer via electronic signatures thru EchoSign AND after submission of a financial deposit. We then list your date as booked on our performance calendar.