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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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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: 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.
THE "FORTE SENIOR RECOGNITION SPRING CONCERT," featuring performances by graduating high school senior students from Forte Music Studios, was held on Sunday afternoon, May 6, at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. According to 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 as they prepare to move ahead to educational opportunities at various colleges and universities." 

Pictured below are students who participated in the May 6 program.  They are (from left): Meredith Adams, violinist; Madeline Marshall, cellist; Kayla Rush, vocalist; Devon Montgomery, pianist, and John Giannini, saxophonist.  During the program Madeline and Kayla also were presented with scholarships from Forte Music Studios, designated for students who will pursue music-related careers. Madeline will attend West Virginia University in Morgantown, and Kayla will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The scholarships are named to honor Christine D. Hartigan, cello instructor and founder of Forte. More photos from the May 6 event are posted on the Photos page of this website.

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!

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. 

Virginia Cello Ensembles rehearsals are held at Forte Music Studios on designated Sunday afternoons. Students who are interested in participating in any of the ensembles or learning more information should contact Ms. Hartigan at: christine@fredericksburgcello.com.

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: Summer 2018 session begins Wednesday, June 13, 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: www.blog.ladybassmusic.net/?p=877https://youtu.be/wiIeYZAQUtIhttps://youtu.be/6L5u4xXrnfY.

The cost is $120 ($100 until May 30) for the semester, payable by check, cash, credit card or Paypal. For more information or to enroll, contact Brittany Frompovich at lady.bass.music@gmail.com, or by phone at 540-604-7266. Learn more about Brittany at www.ladybassmusic.com.

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.
We are in the process of updating this website.  Check back within the next several days for new information. In the meantime, if you are interested in the possibility of music lessons for yourself or a member of your family, give us at call at 540-899-6787.  We look forward to hearing from you!
PICTURED HERE are students and teachers who took part in the "Fifty Minutes of Forte Music" performance on February 18. More photos from the February program, as well as from other Forte student performances may be found on the Photos page and the Calendar/Pix page of this website.