Forte Music Studios
"Lessons for All ~ Learn to Play"
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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."
"Hey Dude, you don't sound so good today."  ... "I'm not good, man. The word's getting around that Forte plans to boot me off this website." ... "Even after you wrote that country song about your poor old grandma and all her ailments?" ... "Yeah, those Forte folks obviously have no grasp of musical genius!" ... "Hmmm."   (to be continued)

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

    Where Route 3 Meets Highway 1 in Fredericksburg

    540-899-OPUS     (540-899-6787)


THE POPULAR "ROCK FOR STRINGS" class, led by nationally acclaimed bassist Brittany Frompovich, is underway this year. Classes are held at Forte Music Studios on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30.

"When people think of orchestral music, they usually don't associate it with Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who or Metallica," says Ms. Frompovich. "Thanks to the influence of artists like the Hampton String Quartet, the Piano Guys, and Apocalyptica, plus the increased visibility of these artists via You Tube, more and more string students want to explore alternative genres on their instruments. 'Rock for Strings' is for students of all ages who want to explore jazz, rock, and improvisation on an orchestral string instrument in an ensemble environment."

Students have the opportunity to learn aspects of orchestration and arranging, as well as select from rock tunes already arranged for orchestra to perform in the group. Participants study how to use electric string instruments, the use of effects, setting up a pedal board and amplification. The semester also features performance opportunities.

Before Ms. Frompovich began her "Rock for Strings" sessions, she "tested" a class during the Rappahannock Musicians Summer Camp, and 30 students signed up. The class was so successful that a session was scheduled last winter at Forte, where 15 students of all ages and skill levels formed a rock string orchestra. From there, the "Rock for Strings" class continued because of its popularity.

Students with stringed instruments (including electric) -- violin, viola, cello, double bass -- are encouraged to contact Ms. Frompovich regarding upcoming "Rock for Strings" sessions.

For more information about "Rock for Strings" -- or to register -- 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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BRIGHT BEGINNINGS MUSIC TOGETHER -- music and movement classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers -- offers the opportunity to sing, dance, play and have fun with your child in an informal environment. Classes are offered four times each week in Fredericksburg at Forte Music Studios, with one additional weekly class in King George and another in Stafford County.

Weekly, 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences – developmentally appropriate for children (ages 0-5) and easy for parents and caregivers – regardless of their own musical ability.
Robyn Bauer, Center Director, has enjoyed teaching Music Together® since 2008 and started Bright Beginnings in 2013. She was a Suzuki violin student starting at age six, and also teaches the Suzuki method professionally. She performs regularly in several different orchestras and ensembles in the Fredericksburg area and works as a freelance violin soloist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from James Madison University, and has also taught Elementary School music and worked at a local radio station. In addition to the violin, Robyn loves to sing and play the guitar, piano, ukelele, blades of grass, and any other instrument she can get into her hands!

Spring semester classes are meeting for ten weeks -- early April through early June. Classes at Forte Music Studios are scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with classes on other days at various locations. For more information about Bright Beginnings Music Together, you may call Robyn Bauer at 540-315-1039 or email her at: For a link to the Bright Beginnings Music Together website (, click here


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!

CAROL JENSEN also began working at the Forte front desk in 2014 and has become a friendly and familiar face for many students and parents. Carol was born in West Virginia, grew up mostly in Delaware, and has lived in Virginia since 1990. She retired in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, having worked 30 years for ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) in West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  Carol has two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons. She and her husband, who also retired in 2010, recently moved to the Louisa area with their two dogs. 

Both Carol and Nathaniel are well informed about the instructors at Forte, the lessons they teach and their schedules. We are very pleased to have Carol and Nathaniel with us!                                      

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 NEW SERVICE FOR STUDENTS OF VIOLIN and other stringed instruments has started 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.

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) are led by noted cellist and Forte founder Christine Hartigan. 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 on October 25, 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, FEBRUARY 15 was the date for  "Fifty Minutes of Forte Music" -- including performances by several Forte Music Studios students. It was held at Peace Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. "Students of different ages played a variety of instruments, and there were vocal pieces as well," said Young Devereaux, Forte instructor-owner. "We appreciated everyone who joined us for this afternoon of enjoyable music in support of the achievements of our area's talented musicians," he added. The program was followed by a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers. The next Forte recital will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at Peace Methodist Church on Maple Grove Drive. Pictured below are performers from the February 15 program. More photos are on the Calendar/Pix page of this website. 

Performers included: Christopher Hodges (a student of Christine Hartigan); Alexis Eubank, Sophie Horn, Ava Young (students of Ashleigh Chevalier); Madeline Barlas, Hayden Johnson, Samuel Rembisz, Abraham Shaikh, Helen Smith, Aiden Williamson (students of Wesley Hockaday); Sam Hills (a student of Damien Bollino).

Reminder to Forte Students/Parents: Forte Music Studios will be closed on Monday, May 25, to observe the Memorial Day holiday. Lessons will resume on Tuesday, May 26.  Thank you.