Forte Music Studios
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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.  

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

    Where Route 3 Meets Highway 1 in Fredericksburg

    540-899-OPUS     (540-899-6787)

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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.
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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: adam.birce@fourstringsrva.com. Click here for a link to the Four Strings website.
THE FORTE SENIOR RECOGNITION SPRING CONCERT, highlighting performances by graduating high school seniors, was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. The program was followed by an informal reception. 

Pictured below (left to right) are: Forte saxophone instructor Young Devereaux, alto saxophonist Paige Corbin, violinist and pianist Oliver Kriska, pianist Devon Montgomery, tenor saxophonist Matt List, vocalist Hanley Staley, and Forte piano and vocal instructor Wesley Hockaday.  At the concert Oliver Kriska was also presented with the Forte Music Scholarship for 2017, named in honor of Forte founder and instructor Christine Hartigan.  (This picture was taken by Laura O'Leary of Laura Smiles Photography LLC.  Additional photos from the May 21 event will be posted on this website soon.)






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The winter Forte student concert -- "Fifty Minutes of Forte Music" -- was presented on February 19, also at Peace Methodist Church. The program included performances by more than a dozen individual students, plus the Rock for Strings Ensemble and the Double Koru Rock Ensemble, both under the direction of Forte instructor Brittany Frompovich. (Please visit the Calendar/Pix page of this website for pictures from the February 19 event and the informal reception that followed.)

More photos from the May 21 concert will be posted soon on the Calendar/Pix page of this website. Another Forte student concert will be scheduled in the fall, but no date has been selected yet. Check this website for details later in the year.

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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!
WELCOME!
See lower on this page for information about the Virginia Cello Ensembles presentation of "Across the Stars!" on Friday evening, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. You don't want to miss it!

Please Note: Forte Music Studios will be closed on Monday, May 29, to observe Memorial Day.
WELCOME!
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THE VIRGINIA CELLO ENSEMBLES, directed by Forte founder Christine Hartigan, is offering two special opportunities soon.  On Friday, May 26, the VCE will present a concert, "Across the Stars!" For complete details, see the poster on the left below.  Then, on Friday, July 28, VCE is sponsoring an all-day cello camp: "Cellobration! 2017"-- an amazing and fun-packed day all about the cello!  More information is available on the other poster below. Both events will be held at the New Life in Christ Church, 11925 Burgess Lane, Fredericksburg.