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Christine Hartigan, an active leader in the Fredericksburg music community since the 1980s, founded Forte Music Studios in 2005 with a commitment to the importance of three essential elements -- teaching, learning and performing. She composed a Mission Statement which addresses each element individually: "To develop the student's musical skills and knowledge, Forte provides an exceptional approach to teaching.  To enhance the student's life-long appreciation of music, Forte provides an environment that enriches the learning experience.  To encourage the student's continued progression, Forte provides a variety of performance opportunities."
Forte was purchased in 2011 by the father-son partnership of John Devereaux and Young Devereaux, operating as jYD'expressions, inc. Young Devereaux, who had worked at Forte as an instructor and administrative associate since 2007, was responsible for day-to-day management duties, in addition to teaching saxophone, clarinet, piano and guitar lessons. Young credited his years of working with Christine Hartigan as being "the best possible preparation" for his role as owner-manager. "We genuinely appreciated Christine's leadership in establishing Forte and her respect for the highest standards of musical and instructional excellence," said Young. "We worked to continue the mission of Forte Music Studios in keeping with those same standards and traditions."

"Of even more significance," said Young Devereaux and John Devereaux in announcing the closure of Forte in early August of 2019, "are the individual stories of student growth and achievement that began in the Forte Music Studios building at the crossroads of Highway 1 and Route 3 in Fredericksburg. Together with all the wonderful instructors who taught at Forte for more than fourteen years, we are immensely grateful to have been able to help make these achievements possible."
Christine Hartigan     Young Devereaux

A Few Words from Charles Edward Devereaux:
Forte Music Studios have been a big part of the life of Young Devereaux since before I was born. He is sorry to see it close. I guess I ought to be sorry too. But now I will get to see more of my daddy. And that is a really good thing.   ~Charlie