Forte Music Studios
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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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    " 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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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.
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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: adam.birce@fourstringsrva.com. Click here for a link to the Four Strings website.
THE FORTE SENIOR RECOGNITION SPRING CONCERT, featuring performances by graduating high school seniors and other students, was held at on Sunday afternoon, May 21, at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. The program was followed by an informal reception. 

Pictured below after the May 21 program (left to right) are: Forte saxophone instructor Young Devereaux, alto saxophonist Paige Corbin, violinist and pianist Oliver Kriska, pianist Devon Montgomery, tenor saxophonist Matt List, vocalist Hanley Staley, and Forte piano and vocal instructor Wesley Hockaday. (These photographs were taken by Laura O'Leary of Laura Smiles Photography LLC.)






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At the concert Oliver Kriska was presented with the Forte Music Scholarship for 2017, named in honor of Forte founder and instructor Christine Hartigan. Oliver has been playing violin for nine years and piano for five years. He recently graduated from Chancellor High School, where he was Concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra. He has also played in an electric orchestra, a string quartet, and in the pit orchestra for musicals. Oliver plans to attend James Madison University and will double major in music (violin performance) and chemistry.

More Laura O'Leary photos from the May 21 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.) Another Forte student concert will be scheduled in the fall, but no date has been selected yet. Check this website for details later in the year.

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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!
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Extra time on your hands this summer? Lessons at Forte Music Studios are available throughout the year. Summer is an excellent time to begin. Contact us today at 540-899-6787 to learn about the opportunities that are available for you!

Forte Music Studios will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, to observe the Independence Day holiday.
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THE VIRGINIA CELLO ENSEMBLES, directed by Forte founder Christine Hartigan, is sponsoring an all-day cello camp on Friday, July 28 -- "Cellobration! 2017"-- an amazing and fun-packed day all about the cello!  More information is available on the poster below. The location is New Life in Christ Church, 11925 Burgess Lane, Fredericksburg.
WANTED: STRING PLAYERS FOR A ROCK ORCHESTRA CLASS THIS SUMMER! 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 2017 session begins on Wednesday, June 14, 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.

The class is proudly sponsored by our friends at NSDesign and Warwick Amplification. (See more about our sponsors at their websites: www.nedsteinberger.com and www.warwickbass.com.) We play a variety of shows. We've played various house concerts, venues, flash mobs, churches, and we've been filmed for a TV show and a documentary.

The cost is $100 for the summer semester, payable by check, cash or credit card. Enrollment is open through June 28. For more information or to enroll, you may contact Brittany Frompovich at lady.bass.music@gmail.com, or by phone at 540-604-7266. Learn more about Brittany at www.ladybassmusic.com.
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