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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 for collaborative teaching and learning. 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 at the familiar crossroads 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, and sometimes on Friday and Saturday as well. 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.  

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VERY NICE PIANO FOR SALE: Good condition, Kimball (25"x57"x42"). Our daughter has stopped playing piano and we have no need for it. Works well. Needs to be tuned; last tuned two years ago; previously tuned yearly. You must remove/lift. Willing to haul; have truck but no trailer, if needed. Front porch has 4 steps, landing 4 steps. Asking $1600. Fredericksburg Craigslist reference:  6380853463. Contact number: 931-237-2253. 

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: calibbon@gmail.com.

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: calibbon@gmail.com.

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: pbennett72@comcast.net.

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: abbabricoco@gmail.com.

BASS FOR SALE (PRICE LOWERED):  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 asking price is $750, 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.
"FIFTY MINUTES OF FORTE MUSIC," featuring performances by several Forte students was held on Sunday, November 11, at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. "This was be an opportunity for people throughout the Fredericksburg area to support and celebrate these young musicians," said Young Devereaux, instructor-owner of Forte Music Studios.  A portion of the printed program is shown below.  Pictures from the November 11 performance will be featured on the Photos page of this website in the near future.

PICTURED BELOW are students who participated in Forte's Spring Concert and Senior Recognition Recital on  May 6  at Peace Methodist Church.  They are (from left): Meredith Adams, violinist; Madeline Marshall, cellist; Kayla Rush, vocalist; Devon Montgomery, pianist, and John Giannini, saxophonist.  During the program Madeline and Kayla also were presented with scholarships from Forte Music Studios, designated for students who will pursue music-related careers. Madeline will attend West Virginia University in Morgantown, and Kayla will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The scholarships are named to honor Christine D. Hartigan, cello instructor and founder of Forte. More photos from the May 6 event are posted on the Photos page of this website.

Scroll down this page for complete information about Forte's Rock Orchestra Class, beginning in late January, and "Fast Forward with Forte" for saxophone and clarinet students, starting in February. You don't want to miss these upcoming opportunities!

THE VIRGINIA CELLO ENSEMBLES, directed by Forte founder Christine Hartigan, are underway for this year.  There are three ensembles, plus a new Youth Orchestra:  

The General Ensemble is open to all cellists with one and one-half years of playing experience. No audition is required. However, cellists may be asked to play for section and chair placement.

The Dolce Ensemble is open to those new cellists of all ages up to one and one-half years of playing experience. Cellists should be able to play with the bow in the keys of D, G and C Major (one octave.)

The Chamber Ensemble is open to advanced cellists who are able to play three octave scales as well as read and play in bass, tenor and treble clefs. This is an audition-only ensemble. 

Enrollment is also underway for the Youth Orchestra, conducted by Lisa Leung Dobyns, Forte instructor and Orchestra Director at Freedom Middle School.  The new orchestra is open to students through 12th grade who are comfortable with Major/Minor 2 octave scales (up to 3 sharps/3 flats with senior regional bowings.) Although no audition is required, chair placement will be determined by the student preparing two minutes of solo repertoire: This may be one or two pieces, or multiple selections from the same piece. The music chosen should display contrasting styles and show the student's highest level of achievement. (Suzuki Book 4 or higher is suggested.) Entry into the VCE Youth Orchestra is based on teacher recommendation. More information, including an enrollment form, is available on the Virginia Cello Ensembles website: www.fredericksburgcello.com.

Virginia Cello Ensembles rehearsals are held at Forte Music Studios on designated Sunday afternoons. Youth Orchestra rehearsals are held weekly on Monday evenings at Forte. Students who are interested in participating in any of the ensembles or the orchestra should contact Ms. Hartigan at: christine@fredericksburgcello.com.

PICTURED HERE are students and teachers who took part in the "Fifty Minutes of Forte Music" performance on February 18. More photos from the February program, as well as from other Forte student performances may be found on the Photos page and the Calendar/Pix page of this website.
Forte Music Studios will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1. Lessons will resume on Wednesday, January 2.  A few teachers may teach occasionally during the time Forte is closed.  If you think your teacher might be teaching during those days, please contact the teacher directly.  Thank you!