THE POPULAR "ROCK FOR STRINGS" class, led by nationally acclaimed bassist Brittany Frompovich, is underway this fall. Classes are held at Forte Music Studios on Monday 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 register. The fall session fee is $100, and classes will be held in the lower level ensemble room at Forte.
For more information about "Rock for Strings" -- or to register -- you may call Forte at 540-899-6787 or email Brittany Frompovich directly at email@example.com. Click here to see a newspaper story about the class that appeared in the Culpepper Times, written by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy.