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Did you get a guitar for Christmas?  See below for information about group guitar classes, starting soon at Forte Music Studios. And if you're interested in the possibility of taking private lessons on the guitar -- or any other instrument -- give us a call at Forte at 540-899-6787. The start of a new year is the perfect time to pursue your musical dreams!
THANK YOU for visiting Forte Music Studios online! We strive to provide a positive environment where "Lessons for All ~ Learn to Play" is more than a casual phrase. Music at Forte is taught by expert, professional instructors to students of all ages who learn through both study and performance. (Click on the Instructors link above.)

FORTE is located in "The House on the Corner at the Crossroads of Music" where Route 3 and Highway 1 meet in Fredericksburg. We are open regularly from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Our phone number is 540-899-6787 (540-899-OPUS).  We cordially invite you to stop by and see what we do! 

OUR GOAL is to share our knowledge and love of music with each student in an individual setting. At Forte Music Studios our experienced and enthusiastic instructors teach bass, cello, Chapman stick, clarinet, drum, flute, French horn, guitar, music theory, oboe, piano, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin and voice lessons.  Whether you have a musical background -- or have never before taken a music lesson -- there is a place for you at Forte.  

"Dude, it's time you
learned how to play
that thing. You need
to call Forte."

    " The House on the Corner ...
  ... At the Crossroads of Music"

    Where Route 3 Meets Highway 1 in Fredericksburg

    540-899-OPUS     (540-899-6787)


SUMMER ENROLLMENT IN THE POPULAR "ROCK FOR STRINGS" group, led by nationally acclaimed bassist Brittany Frompovich, is now open. Classes begin June 15 and meet from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Forte Music Studios. Enrollment closes June 29. Classes run through August 17.  

Over the past few years, "Rock for Strings" has grown in popularity. The group, a string orchestra with a rock rhythm section, performs rock music in an orchestral setting. Recent shows have included the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, a TV shoot at Catalyst, and a recording session for a song played on the radio.

According to Ms. Frompovich, "Summer semester 'Rock for Strings' is a class for students of ALL AGES. We have adults, teenagers and young students in this inter-generational orchestra. Students will have the opportunity to learn theory, learn orchestration and arranging, select pieces to work on, learn how to use electric string instruments (we are sponsored by the good folks at NSDesign!), learn the use of effects, setting up a pedal board and the effects chain.

"Students need a stringed instrument -- violin, viola, cello or double bass -- and the drive to work on class-related assignments outside of class," said Ms. Frompovich, "practicing, perhaps some researching, and some time to do arranging. Students with both acoustic and/or electric violins, violas, cellos or electric upright basses (EUBs) are VERY WELCOME to bring their instruments and amps to use in class! No previous experience on electric instruments is necessary."

Interested students are encouraged to contact Ms. Frompovich. Cost for the summer semester of "Rock for Strings" is $120. (Below is a recent photo of the group, with Brittany Frompovich on the right.)

For more information about "Rock for Strings" -- or to register for the summer session -- you may call Forte at 540-899-6787 or email Brittany Frompovich directly at  Click here to see a newspaper story about the class that appeared in the Culpepper Times, written by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy. 

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NATHANIEL MILLER of Fredericksburg has been greeting students and handling a number of responsibilities at the Forte front desk since the latter part of 2014. A native of Fredericksburg, Nathaniel earned an English degree from Virginia Tech in 1996, then continued his academic career at Mary Washington College, where he received a studio art degree and graduated with distinction. He worked in a family-owned coffee shop for 20 years. Later he was employed in a bookstore and as a high school librarian and substitute teacher. Nathaniel has been a self-taught harmonica player since age 14. You can hear his personal style of "punk-monica" playing with local garage rock band The Crypts!

TENOR SAXOPHONE FOR SALE: Bought new and used about four years.  Just refurbished and like new. It's still in the case and has song books.  Asking $1,500 or best offer. Contact number: 540-295-9713. Only serious inquiries, please.

VIOLA FOR SALE: Beautiful 2007 12" Frederick A. Strobel Viola, case and shoulder rest in excellent condition. Was well taken care of and is ready for a new owner. We are asking $275. Please contact Kelly at 540-604-0942.

CELLO FOR SALE: Beautiful 4/4 cello, purchased in 2005 from and maintained by Jan Hampton Violins. Used for school, and daughter is now done with her instrument. Excellent condition. $650. Contact Carol at 540-207-2805. Email:

VIOLIN FOR SALE: 4/4 violin, case and accessories in excellent condition. Used for school, and son is done with it. $475. Contact Carol at 540-207-2805. Email:

CELLO FOR SALE: Frederick Strobel 3/4 cello. 2011 Model K36. $800 obo. Very good condition. Played by student in private lessons, cello ensemble and school concerts for almost three years. Has Thomastik Dominant strings. With bow, Heritage mobile lightweight wheeled case and a soft-sided/padded cello case. Purchased new locally. Call Pam at 540-841-3625. Email:

VIOLIN FOR SALE:  A student has moved from violin to flute, and the family would like to sell a one-half size violin that was made by Scott Cao Violins and purchased from Kapeller Violins in Richmond about two years ago. The violin was well taken care of and is in great shape, with an asking price of $500.  The contact phone number is 540-899-6351. Email:

BASS FOR SALE:  A family has a one-half size bass -- gently used and with no observed marks or imperfections in the finish -- for sale. It is a Meisel Mozart Model 8700, serial # 812241. The violin was bought in 2008 for $1,600 and the firm asking price is $1,000, which includes the German bow, soft case and rosin. If interested, please call 540-846-4529.

IF YOU HAVE an instrument that you would like us to list on the Forte website, please use the form on the Contact Us page to tell us about it. Be sure to include a brief description, plus whatever contact information you would like us to use. Thank you.
A SERVICE FOR STUDENTS OF VIOLIN and other stringed instruments is offered by appointment at Forte on a monthly basis. Adam Birce, owner/operator of Four Strings Violin Shop in Richmond, will be available the second Saturday of each month from approximately 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for routine adjustments and inspections of bowed string instruments. It is important to contact Mr. Birce in advance to be sure he will be here on a specific date.

Mr. Birce will also take bow rehairs and other necessary repair work to Richmond and bring it back the following month. 

A graduate of the School of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mr. Birce took additional instruction in violin repair and restoration at the University of New Hampshire. He may be contacted by phone at 804-873-0247 or email at: Click here for a link to the Four Strings website.

THE VIRGINIA CELLO ENSEMBLES (VCE) under the direction of noted cellist and Forte founder Christine Hartigan, will present "CELLOBRATION 2016"on July 22. For more information or to register, please click on:

VCE participation is open to all cellists with two or more years of playing experience. VCE rehearsals take place on selected Sunday afternoons in the lower level ensemble room at Forte Music Studios from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

The VCE presented a pre-concert performance last year prior to the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra's "Best of the Pops" program at Grace Church Center for the Arts in Fredericksburg. 

For information about future VCE opportunities, you may contact Ms. Hartigan by phone at Forte Music Studios (540-899-6787) or by email at:
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 was the date for the "Forte Senior Recognition Spring Concert" featuring individual performances by several Forte students, as well as the Virginia Cello Ensembles, directed by Christine Hartigan. The program was held in the auditorium of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in downtown Fredericksburg and was followed by an informal reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers.

Most performers during the June 12 program were graduating seniors who have taken lessons in various instruments from instructors at Forte Music Studios for several years. Pictured above are the two 2016 recipients of Christine D. Hartigan Scholarships, presented each year by Forte and named in honor of the founder of Forte Music Studios. The recipients are Christopher Hodges, cellist, with his instructor, Ms. Hartigan, and Madison Libby, flutist, with her instructor, Tina Christie. 

Other solo performers on June 12 were Nikki Saludez, Quintin Henderson, Emily Abrell, Hannah Gould and Caleb DeJournett. Many more photos from the June 12 concert are posted on the Calendar/Contacts/Links/Pix page of this website. Scroll to the lower portion of the page.

GOOD-BYE GUITAR GUY! After almost four years of welcoming visitors to the Forte website and waiting for a call at the edge of his own personal swamp, our faithful (if not very energetic) guitar guy has decided it's time to go. At last report, he is hitchhiking to California to help with the drought.
ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR A SUMMER GROUP GUITAR CLASS! If you've become so frustrated trying to teach yourself that your guitar is sitting in a corner collecting dust ... or if you've tried online instruction but found it's not for you ... it's time to kick-start your learning with group guitar lessons!    

Group guitar is a safe, fun setting for beginners to explore learning guitar. In six weeks, you will learn basic chords, strumming patterns, finger picking, basic blues patterns, songs and how to properly care for your instrument. You'll learn from Brittany Frompovich -- an expert, upbeat professional and patient teacher who loves to play and teach guitar. She has been teaching for more than 20 years! Note reading is not required to participate. Families are welcome to learn together. Parents of young students (8 to 10 years old) are especially encouraged to sit in on class.

Students need an acoustic or electric guitar to participate. If you are taking the class on electric guitar, you will need to bring your own amp and guitar cable to class.

Classes begin on Wednesday, June 8, and will run from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Classes will be held on these dates: June 8, 15, 29; July 6, 13, 20. (Note: On June 29 only, the session time will be 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.) Location: Forte Music Studios, 1691 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg (where U.S. 1 crosses Route 3). Cost is $100 for the entire seven-week session.

To register or learn more information, please contact Brittany Frompovich ( or 540-604-7266. You may also call Forte Music Studios at 540-899-6787.
Various parts of this Forte Music Studios website are being updated.  Check back soon for new information.  Thank you!