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."

    " 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 resuming in September for the fall semester. Sessions are held at Forte Music Studios on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30.   

Here is what a former student wrote about the "Rock for Strings" group: "Are you a stringed instrument player with no outlet for rock music?  Tired of classical or just itching for something more?  Join Fredericksburg's DOUBLE KORU ROCK ORCHESTRA! We're a fully amplified orchestra, from violin to bass, with a full rhythm section, completing the show with head banging, stage dancing, amp dives and all -- and a killer set to boot, from Led Zep to Queen!"

Regarding the student who wrote the above paragraph, Brittany Frompovich added: "She wrote this after her experiences with the group over the past two years.  She just auditioned for her college big band as a jazz violinist.  She was initially told they didn't have room for her.  Then they heard her play and they MADE room for her in the group."

According to Ms. Frompovich, "'Rock for Strings' isn't just about playing rock on electrified strings.  It's about learning how to think like a musician, how to get serious about your music, and learning skills to become a working, gigging musician. It's about evolving and becoming a better player. It's also about learning the business of music. You can also learn improvisation and arranging, if you choose to. We've got room for string players of ALL ages and all levels. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Make one rehearsal a week, or come to both. Tuition for the entire semester is $120 per person.

Students with stringed instruments (including electric) -- violin, viola, cello, double bass -- are encouraged to contact Ms. Frompovich regarding upcoming "Rock for Strings" sessions. (Below is a recent photo of the group, with Brittany Frompovich on the right.)

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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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 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 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, OCTOBER 25 was the date for "Fifty Minutes of Forte Music" featuring performances by several Forte students. The program was held at Peace Methodist Church in Fredericksburg and was followed by an informal reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers. 

Pictured below are student performers from the October 25 program. They are (left to right): Phoenix Puder, Phoebe Somohano, Oliver Kriska, Chloe Somohano, Aiden Williamson, Saebin Puder, Kenneth Smith and Madeline LaPore. (More pictures from the concert are posted on the Calendar/Contact/Links/Pix page of this website. Photo by Megan Howell Photography.)

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.