New & Noteworthy


Good news!  Starting in Fall 2017, families will have many more Little Roots classes to choose from at 317 Main Community Music Center. We are now offering a broad range of classes six days a week, Monday-Saturday for children ages birth-7.  And to make this programming expansion possible, we welcome two new Teaching Artists to the Little Roots team, Emilia Dahlin and Sorcha Cribben-Merrill.

Registration for Fall Session begins Monday, August 14th.  You’ll find a complete list of Little Roots offerings here.


Throughout a sixteen-year musical performing career that has taken her through the U.S., Canada,

Welcome Emilia Dahlin

Brazil and Europe, Emilia Dahlin has made Maine her home.  Known for strong storytelling sensibilities and memorable performances, Emilia garnered many national awards, from Telluride Troubador, Winner of the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, Winner of Boston Music Conference Songwriting Competition, and the Great Waters Songwriting Contest.


In 2012, she co-founded The Transcendence Project, using music to catalyze and create community locally and globally.  That year, The Transcendence Project partnered with Seeds of Peace to create and produce a public performance that brought together 35 artists from 9 countries in conflict.


Most recently, Emilia pulled back from touring to mother a toddler and work as a teaching artist.  She’s partnered with organizations like the Telling Room and the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM), where she currently teaches songwriting to 500 Portland Public Schools youth.  She also co-directs the MAMMOTH Rock Chorus for elementary and home-schooled students and hosts and produces The Kids Are Alright family music series in partnership with the Portland Public Library and Friends Of Deering Oaks Park, which caters to pre-school aged children.


As a teaching artist, Emilia garners great joy from collaborating and co-creating with young, budding music-makers and appreciators and believes that music and storytelling are some of the most powerful tools to foster connection between people.


Welcome Sorcha Cribben-Merrill

Sorcha started making music at age 3 in Downeast Maine. She loves to support young musicians in expressing their natural ‘voice’ through whichever instruments and styles they want to explore.

Sorcha has been songwriting and performing for over 20 years. She sings and plays guitar, banjo and ukulele on stages nationwide. She was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012. Very active in the Portland music community, she performs solo, duo and with her band.

She graduated from Skidmore College cum laude with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Music. Since returning to Maine in 2003, Sorcha has been connecting music with healing and creative education. She co-created a music and literacy program for the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and assists with the Center for Grieving Children’s Intercultural songwriting projects. She also supports young mothers in writing lullabies for their babies as part of the Lullaby Project (a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program) and regularly performs jazz concerts for assisted living audiences, with a focus on memory care.

When not singing or learning to salsa dance, she can be found on, in or near the ocean.


We heard you!  You’ve told us you want more offerings for young children and young teens and we’ve got you covered. In our fall catalog, you’ll find classes for young children and families 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday.

Also starting this fall,  we’re offering a NEW BandRoots program for student instrumentalists who want to play in a band with other musicians their age.  Five 317 Main Teaching Artists, Carter Logan, Emmett Harrity, John McCain, Tyler Stanley and Brad Longfellow, will each mentor a group of musicians to ease them into the incomparable fun of making music as an ensemble.  Students take the lead in music selections and our music professionals will help  with arrangements, songwriting and performance skills.  Our Music Education Director, Chris Moore, will  help put together  groups based on experience, age and musical interest. He looks forward to hearing from you at or 846-9559.

BandRoots is a great option for musicians who  already play together informally, but would benefit from the structure and supportive guidance offered at 317 Main.

Here’s the Fall Catalog.  Reminder.  Fall Registration begins August 14th. Fall Session Begins September 6th.



When the town of Yarmouth announced that Classic Movies would be the theme for this year’s Clam Festival parade, we knew we had to participate.  But with so many great music scores, what to

BEST IN SHOW 2017! Thank You Town of Yarmouth!


After heated debate and suggestions ranging from Sound Of Music to Apocalypse Now,  we decided on the Coen Brothers’ “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” because of the irresistible sound track of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel tunes.

Our crew, decked out in 1930’s era garb and prison uniforms, performed the classics “You Are My Sunshine, “Man of Constant Sorrow, and “I’ll Fly Away.” And you know what?  WE WON BEST IN SHOW!

We’re pretty psyched.  The trophy and plaque are on display in the lobby.



We turned the camera on some of you recently to ask a simple, but very important question. What do you like most about 317 Main? We shared your responses along with video of some of the great work we’ve done together at our annual House Party.

In case you missed it, please take a look and share your thoughts.  Why do you love 317 Main? How can we get better?   Please contact Amy Sinclair, 317 Communications Director at



317 Main Community Music Center looks forward to celebrating community music-making at Make Music Portland on Wednesday, June 21st. The FREE day-long festival will take place at multiple venues around the city.

For the second year in a row, 317 Main will host the Post Office Plaza stage at Market and Middle Streets in the Old Port.  Scheduled performances include 317 Main students and many community music partners including Casco Bay High School, The Boys & Girls Club Rock Band, Listen Up! Music, The Flukes (Falmouth Memorial Library Ukulele Society) and more.


Post Office Plaza

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Unspent Youth
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Listen Up! Music
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Spivey’s Robbins
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lindsay Sterling
30min Break
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM        4 Star China Taste
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Port City Rockers
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Cosmic Studs
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Pita Y.
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM Brad’s All-Stars
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Local Vocals
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM The Doug Quaids
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM FLUKES
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Ukulele Play-a-Long*


Take 5 This Summer With Titus Abbott
at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth

Improve both your playing and performance skills this summer in our new Take 5 Jazz Ensembles with veteran jazz musician and educator Titus Abbott at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth.

Titus will lead 2 ensembles, one for middle & high school students, (2 years band experience required), and one for adults.  Students form a group, learn tunes, and perform them for friends and family at the end of the session. No improvisation experience is necessary.  Ensembles will be made up of piano, bass, drums, guitar, brass and winds.

Ensembles will meet for 5 Thursdays, July 20 – August 17.  Teens 7pm/Adults 8pm  ($100) with the option to add more sessions.  (Wednesday evenings are possible too,  if there’s consensus.)

Sign up today by calling the 317 Main front desk at 207-846-9559.  Students and families are also welcome to contact 317 Main Music Education Director Chris Moore directly at or Titus Abbott at



On Saturday, May 20th,  the barn that was attached to 317 Main was torn down.  While it was hard to let the barn go, experts told us it was structurally unsound and at risk of coming down on its own.

Because the barn could not be renovated to meet our future space needs and because it was in such poor condition, we made the decision to take it down.

That begs the question, what’s next?  317 Main continues to grow, moving boldly to engage in our mission of bringing music to the community for everyone and positioning for a continued robust future for students of all ages and abilities.  We know we need additional space for student lessons,  recitals,  performances and a dedicated space for our Little Roots programming.

317 Main is now engaging with the community to plan for the spaces needed to meet the needs of the future and preparing for a fundraising campaign to raise the money.

Our Executive Director John Williams would love to discuss 317 Main’s future with you.  Please join him for coffee in the cafe on the first Wednesday of the month to brainstorm about how we can better serve the community.

Next coffee:  Wednesday, June 7th 8:30-9:30am.

Until then, check out these videos of the demolition and “Operation Cupola Rescue.”



The gym at Rowe School in Yarmouth became a dance hall Wednesday morning when 317 Main’s Maggie Robinson and Tamora Goltz taught the Kindergarten and First graders the basics of Contra dancing. Maggie, an experienced caller, lined up the students in pairs and called out instructions as Tamora kept the beat with lively fiddle tunes.

The Contra Dance lesson is part of a 3 part music enrichment series, funded in part by the Yarmouth Music Boosters.

The students will also take part in a stringed instrument demonstration and a percussion workshop.

L-R Tamora Goltz (fiddler), Maggie Robinson (caller), Jake Hoffman (317 Partnership Program Coordinator), Christina Townsend (Rowe Music Teacher)


In the summer of 1967, thousands of flower children converged in Haight-Ashbury for what was known as The Summer Of Love. Now, 50 years later we invite you to show your love for 317 Main by converging in our House Party on Thursday, June 22nd.

Our auction is all about quality time–Time on the Ocean, Time on the Slopes, Time in the recording studio.  To see a complete list of our auction items, go here. AUCTION PREVIEW.


There’s still time to score your tickets HERE.  Advance ticket sales end at midnight on the 21st.  On the 22nd, please purchase tickets at the event.

This casual, but lively, evening will feature delicious food, drink, live music, and an auction.