Summer 2017 Newsletter from 317 Main


 Sally Struever
Interim Development Director

Welcome Sally!
Sally Struever
has stepped into the role of Interim Development Director while Molly Gallagher Burk is on maternity leave.

Sally's background and experience make her an excellent fit for 317 Main.   She has worked in the visual and performing arts since high school, in varying roles and capacities, most recently as Director of the PMA Store at the Portland Museum of Art. 

She studied Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design, and worked for many years as a designer and design consultant on web design, way finding, corporate identity and book design projects. 

Marlena Cox-Faxon
317 Gallery Manager/Chair of Visual Arts Committee

We are pleased to announce that Yarmouth visual artist and musician Marlena Cox-Faxon is the new 317 Gallery Manager, taking over for Linda Horstmann who stepped down this spring after many years of service.
Marlena is a painter, a singer, and mother to Ben and Isabelle, who have both taken music lessons at 317 Main. 
Marlena  studied art at  Middlebury College in Vermont and Graphic Design at  Massachusetts College
of Art. 
Marlena looks forward to supporting the arts community in our gallery space. 
She also welcomes you to join her on the Visual Arts Committee. If you'd like to be a part of this creative team, please contact Marlena at 

Welcome Baby Carson!

Congratulations to 317 Main Development Director Molly Gallagher Burk, her husband
Adam and big brother Gavin on the arrival of baby Carson.

Carson came into the world on May 1st at 8 lbs. 8.5 oz.  We look forward to seeing both  Gavin and Carson in our Little Roots Family Classes very soon!

The Space Between The Notes
John Williams,  Executive Director


French composer Claude Debussy is credited with saying "Music is the space between the notes".  In other words, the music is not the notes themselves, but the silence between them.

Now, as I look at the empty space where the barn once stood, my imagination runs wild with all the possibilities for 317 Main's future. 

Footage of the barn/garage attached to 317 Main being torn down on May 20th, 2017. (The barn was structurally unsound.)

Yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere, Debussy's quote about music being the space between the notes popped into my head.

As sad as it was to not be able to save the old barn, and as exciting as it is to think about further growth and expansion of music, dance and other forms of community building and artistic expression, we now have this opportunity to fully experience, utilize, and appreciate "the space between the notes". 

Over the coming weeks and months, we want to hear your thoughts, ideas, and wishes for 317 Main and our future. We are continuing to organize community discussions with small groups to solicit your input.  

I also welcome the opportunity to meet one-on-one and/or during the first Wednesday of each month, when I will be in the café from 8:30 to 9:30am with the intention of discussing and answering questions about 317 Main's future.

I look forward to working collectively with all of you to make the music in the space between the notes!  


Join John Williams for coffee
Wednesday, June 7th,  8:30-9:30am in the cafe to discuss 317 Main's future.

 Sally Struever,  Interim Director of Development
Best friends are all smiles at East End Community School as they take home violins supplied by 317 for the first time
This year, community support has enabled us to focus on expanding access,   reaching more than 1500 student musicians from more than 40 Southern Maine communities through our education or cultural enrichment programs. More than 500 of those students participated for free through our school and community partners. 

We've more than doubled the size of our Little Roots programs for our youngest musicians, and launched a creative aging program called Deep Roots, for musicians and music lovers over the age of 55.

We've increased the number of financial aid recipients for our classes and lessons by 30%. 

It is your generosity and your belief in the
Little Roots musicians learning what the mandolin sounds like
power of music that will make it possible for 317 Main to reach more people across a broad spectrum of age, musical experience, and financial resources. 

Donors like you help to raise 40% of our annual budget - more than $350,000 - to support our partnership programs with nine schools and nonprofits, offer financial aid for lessons at our studios, and fill the gap between tuition and the true cost of the 317 Main experience. 

Please consider a donation to 317 Main today.

A day-long celebration of community music-making

From the Post Office Plaza Stage in 2016

One of our guiding principles at 317 Main is the belief that Music Is For Everyone meaning  we want to share the joy of making music with people of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. 

Make Music Portland was founded on the same idea. 

This free,  day-long music event takes place on June 21st - the longest day of the year - in Portland, and in other cities around the world. 

In Portland, there will be live music throughout the day at more than a dozen locations including Monument Square, Congress Square Park, Longfellow Square Park and Tommy's Park.
For the second year in a row, 317 will host the Post Office Plaza location at Market and Middle Streets, where we'll have free programming from 10am-8pm.

Performers include The Flukes, (Falmouth Library Ukulele Society) The Boys & Girls Club Rock Band, Casco Bay High School Students, The Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project, as well student groups from 317 Main. 

"What I'm most excited about this year is that we have other community arts organizations that are jumping in on this fun day," said 317 Main Partnership Program Coordinator Jake Hoffman, who is in charge of our Post Office Plaza venue. 

Please show your support for community music making by joining us for part of this fun day. 
If you work in Portland, come see us at lunch hour and bring a few friends.  

After all, Music Is For Everyone! 


Partnership Program
Partnership Program Educator and Percussionist Dustin Levasseur led our spring percussion workshop with students from the Wayfinder Schools, an alternative high school in New Gloucester.
The program wrapped up with the students leading a bucket drum circle that included staff from both Wayfinder and 317 Main.  

Drum Circle with Wayfinder Students and Staff
Drum Circle with Wayfinder Students and Staff

A 317 Main/North Yarmouth Academy Joint Venture

Forty-three middle and high school musicians from all over the state participated in the Maine Acoustic Festival this spring--our largest group in the festival's five year history.

The Maine Acoustic Festival was created to celebrate the music that helped shape Maine's culture and to allow students interested in these genres the chance to learn from world class musicians. 

The 2017 Teaching Artists were Brendan Taaffe, Tony Watt, Lauren Rioux, Hanz Araki, and Steve Muise.

Highlights from the 2017 Maine Acoustic Festival
Highlights from the 2017 Maine Acoustic Festival

The 2018 festival will be held April 6-8. Please visit  for audition details.

June 1-August 30
Student Art Show in 317 Gallery

We hope you'll visit the  317 Gallery this summer to see a new exhibit featuring photographs by Yarmouth High School Students Isabelle King, Amanda Murray and Tucker Whitney.  The pieces are being offered for sale with 40% of proceeds going to support broad access to music education. Please contact Gallery Manager Marlena Cox-Faxon for more information at

We now offer Birthday Parties

317 Main is now offering Little Roots Birthday Parties (Toddler-10) on Saturdays & Sundays

Click Here To Get The Party Started.

Make Musical Memories With Your Child

Spün is now open on weekends

The 317 Cafe, powered by 
Spün Bakery, is now open seven days a week. 

Monday - Friday 8-6pm
Saturday - Sunday 8-2:30pm

We Need Volunteers..

for HenryFest and other upcoming 317 Main events.
Please contact Jake Hoffman at if you can help. Thanks!

317 Main Community Music Center  
317 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine 04096  / 207-846-9559