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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.  


    " 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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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:

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 (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.
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.
"FIFTY MINUTES OF FORTE MUSIC" featuring students from Forte Music Studios, was held on Sunday, November 12, at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. "Students of various ages performed on several difference instruments," said Young Devereaux, instructor-owner of Forte. "This was an opportunity for people throughout the Fredericksburg area to support and celebrate these aspiring and talented musicians." The performers assembled after the program for this picture by photographer Laura O'Leary. More photos from the performance will be posted soon on this website.  (Due to unexpected complications, it is taking longer than expected to place additional pictures from the November 12 program on the website, but we anticipate being able to do so in the near future.  We appreciate your patience.)

A previous Forte student concert, featuring primarily graduating high school seniors, was held May 21 at Peace Church. Photos from that concert are posted on the Calendar/Pix page of this website, as well as information about ordering reprints. (Scroll to the lower portion of that page.)

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!
WANTED: String Players for a Rock Orchestra Class!  Scroll lower on this page for more information about "Rock for Strings" with Brittany Frompovich at Forte Music Studios.

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

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 audition-only ensemble. Students who are interested in participating in any of the ensembles should contact Ms. Hartigan at:

Virginia Cello Ensembles rehearsals are held at Forte Music Studios on designated Sunday afternoons. Rehearsal dates for the winter and spring of 2018 will be announced soon.

WANTED NOW: STRING PLAYERS FOR A ROCK ORCHESTRA CLASS! Here are all the details, as provided by Brittany Frompovich, Forte instructor, performer and internationally known professional bassist, who will lead this exciting summer opportunity:

We are looking for acoustic and electric string players, violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists of all ages and skill levels. We will be performing rock, pop and contemporary classical pieces in an orchestral setting, using both electric and string instruments.

When: Winter/spring 2018 session begins Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 p.m. at Forte Music Studios. We meet for an hour weekly on Wednesday nights. Here is how this group is different than a school or community orchestra: We have opportunities to improvise on some songs. If you don't yet know how to improvise, we will teach you if you are willing to learn. We teach the basics of live sound, amplification, playing an electric instrument, using effects and mics. Past song choices have included music from Hendrix, Queen, Muse, Zeppelin, Guns 'n Roses, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cranberries and more.

We teach you as much as you are willing to learn about the music business -- practices to engage in for performing, how to use social media properly, contracts, endorsements, jobs in the industry and more! Even if you never work as a musician yourself, you will have a better understanding of the industry and business of being a musician.

We've played various house concerts, venues, flash mobs, churches, the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and we've been filmed for a TV show and a documentary. To see more, check out these links:

The cost is $120 ($100 until January 2) for the semester, payable by check, cash, credit card or Paypal. For more information or to enroll, contact Brittany Frompovich at, or by phone at 540-604-7266. Learn more about Brittany at

THE FIRST PERSON seen by visitors to Forte Music Studios is often Nathaniel Miller, who has served as Administrative Associate at Forte for several years.

Mr. Miller earned an English degree from Virginia Tech, then continued his academic career at Mary Washington College (now UMW), where he graduated with distinction and received a Studio Art degree. He was born and grew up in Fredericksburg and worked for 20 years in a family-owned coffee shop.

He has worked in a bookstore and as a high school librarian and substitute teacher.  Nathaniel is a self-taught harmonica player since the age of 14.
"TIS THE NIGHT TO BE JOYFUL" was presented on Friday, December 1 by the Virginia Cello Ensembles, under the direction of Christine Hartigan, founder of both Forte Music Studios and the Virginia Cello Ensembles. The December program was held at New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg. Click here to be linked to the performance on YouTube. 

More information about the Virginia Cello Ensembles may be found lower on this page or by visiting the group's website.