"A MUSICALLY MEMORABLE MOTHER'S DAY" -- a recital program of selections featuring Forte students, the Virginia Cello Ensemble and the Forte Guitar Ensemble -- will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 at Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. The program will be followed by an informal reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to greet the performers. There will be special recognition of all mothers in attendance. This will be a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day and enjoy an hour of delightful music by talented performers! (Peace Church is located at 801 Maple Grove Drive, a short distance west of Spotsylvania Mall. From Route 3, turn south onto Taskforce Drive. Look for the large BB&T Bank sign at this corner. When Taskforce Drive ends, turn right onto Maple Grove Drive. The church is around a curve on the left. There is ample free parking.)
Below is a list of students who participated in the most recent Forte recital last January, together with photographs of the performers and the guitar quartet. (The top photo shows all recital performers and their teachers. Pictured in the other photo with members of the Forte Guitar Quartet is Pastor David Erickson of Peace Church.) For more photographs of the January 27 recital, please go to the Calendar/Contact/Links page of this website.
Guitar Student of Lane Drum
Violin Students of Lisa Leung
Trumpet Student of Damien Bollino
Piano Student of Philip Joannou
Violin Students of John-Rine Zabanal
Guitar Student of Jennifer Lewis
Violin Student of Jason Lewis
Students of Young Devereaux
Aria Finley (saxophone)
Allison Embrey (piano)
Forte Guitar Quartet
Lane Drum, Director
CELLO ENSEMBLE: Christine Hartigan, Forte Music Studios founder and instructor, is working with the Virginia Cello Ensemble this year at Forte from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon every other Saturday morning. This unique ensemble is open to students of all ages with one or more years of experience. Further information is available by contacting Mrs. Hartigan at Forte or by e-mailing her (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FORTE YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Due to several unforeseen developments, the Forte Youth Orchestra will not practice or perform until further notice. Both Christine Hartigan, founder of Forte and the orchestra, and Elizabeth Piller, most recent conductor of the orchestra, are unable to continue their work with the orchestra at this time. They have provided years of outstanding orchestra leadership, for which we are extremely grateful! Likewise, student participants in the orchestra have performed with excellence and dedication. When future information is available regarding the Forte Youth Orchestra, it will be announced on this website.
JAZZ PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: Bruce Middle, a guitar instructor at the University of Mary Washington, is interested in leading a Jazz Performance Workshop at Forte. If you are an aspiring musician, a jazz musician, or a jazz musician who is seeking to connect with other like-minded people who desire a group to perform with, this workshop is for you. The workshop will provide you with a regular weekly rehearsal space, listening examples, charts and professional training to help you grow as a musician. Music selection will be provided by the instructor and will be chosen to match the level of the students. The repertoire will include the "must know" selections played by professional jazz artists today.
Bruce Middle is an award winning jazz guitarist, composer and performer. In the workshop, he plans to lead discussions and listening segments about music, the artists who created it, its origin and techniques on improvisation within the style and period of the piece. In addition, he will play along with students, guide them through the music and provide constructive commentary about the performance.
Cost for the Jazz Performance Workshop will be $30.00 per 90-minute session. The first session will be free, giving participants a chance to try the program with no obligation to continue. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, you may e-mail Bruce Middle (email@example.com), e-mail Forte Music Studios (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone Young Devereaux, Forte instructor/owner at 899-6787. Further information about Bruce Middle is available on his website: www.brucemiddle.com. (Click here to be linked.)
RELAX WITH A CHAIR MASSAGE: For parents who want to experience a restful time of relaxation and rejuvenation while their sons and daughters are taking music lessons, chair massages are now available at Forte. Denise Tapp, a Certified Massage Technician, is offering chair massages on Tuesdays from 2:00 until shortly before 8:00 p.m., and on Thursdays from 6:00 until shortly before 8:00 p.m. Chair massage offers many short-term benefits, including increased circulation, the release of endorphins, a decrease in muscle fatigue, and relief from stress, muscle tension and muscle/joint pain. There are also such long-term benefits as improved posture, decreased anxiety, pain management, lower blood pressure, improved sleep and an increased immune system. Parents, teachers or anyone else who would like to schedule a chair massage session with Ms. Tapp are invited to call 702-203-2334. You may leave a message. The rate for a session of approximately 25 minutes is $25. Walk-ins are welcome, depending upon availability.