Edward Tittmann
Business Manager

We are very pleased to have Edward Tittmann on board as 317 Main's new business manager.   Prior to joining our administrative team, Edward was the Chief Financial Officer for the Chewonki Foundation.
Edward and his family live in Freeport. 

Welcome Back Jason Phelps
Teaching Artist

Jason is excited to return to 317 after a hiatus from teaching.  He'll be teaching mandolin, guitar and bass. In addition to playing music, Jason is an avid hiker and sound engineer.

Welcome Leah Ringelstein
Little Roots Teaching Artist

Leah Ringelstein is the newest member of the Little Roots teaching team. Her background as an educator and fiddle player make her a perfect fit to lead our Strum and Sing and Fiddle and Whistle classes on Fridays.
Leah grew up in a musical family in Rangeley. She and her husband and their young son now live in Yarmouth. 

The 317 Main Holiday Shopping Emporium Is Open!

Chocolate-Filled Logo Mugs Baseball & Knit Logo Hats
 CDs featuring teaching artists and of course gift certificates for every budget. 

Our best advertising is YOU. Thank you for supporting 317 Main. 

John Williams, Executive Director

I have just returned from the annual conference of the National Guild for Community Arts Education out in San Francisco, CA.  The conference draws close to a 1,000 people who work at community arts education organizations across the U.S. and Canada.  It is a wonderful opportunity to learn, connect, share, and be inspired by all of the important work that is happening.

This year, I attended a session focused on how to assess the impact community arts organizations have on their respective communities.  And it got me thinking more about the impact that communities have on their community arts organizations. 

The analogy that comes to mind is of 317 being the motor and the community being the fuel.  Without the fuel, the motor cannot run.  It is the community that supports the programs at 317,  filling the building with positive energy and music.  It is the community's involvement and generosity that allow us to extend the gift of music to those who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

In the next week,  you will be receiving a letter from me in which I reflect on the important work we are doing together.

I ask you to join my wife Holly and me in making a donation to 317 Main Community Music Center. 

We thank all of you in the community for the incredibly positive impact you have had in supporting the mission and helping to continue to fuel the 317 motor!


You are cordially  invited to join  John Williams for a great cup of  coffee  Wednesday, December 6th  9:00-10:00AM in the 317 cafe to talk about our plans for the future and to answer any burning questions you have about our organization. Hope to see you!
Music for Every Age

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill and Heather Styka perform for seniors with dementia

At 317 Main, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill spends her days singing with our youngest musicians in the Little Roots program, but she is equally at home singing with music lovers at the other end of the spectrum.

Sorcha has monthly gigs at three assisted living facilities in greater Portland where she performs for residents with dementia.  

"My only goal is for them to engage in the music," said Sorcha as she and a musician friend,  Heather Styka, walk  past the nurses station at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence carrying  instrument cases and music stands. 

Inside the community room,  a half-dozen residents are waiting, some in wheelchairs, others walking slowly around the room.
Whether or not they remember Sorcha, she remembers them, some by name, and  banters easily as she and Heather pull out  guitars.

"I was really close to my grandparents,"  says Sorcha, explaining her obvious affinity for this age group.   

In fact, much of the music she plays  at her nursing homes gigs was taught to her by her grandparents. 

She and Heather  strum and harmonize their way through classics that would be familiar to this population such as Blue Moon, Oh Danny Boy and Ring of Fire. 

Sorcha and Heather performing Ring of Fire
Sorcha and Heather performing Ring of Fire

As the performance continues, more residents stream into the room. Toes are tapping. A few keep the rhythm with their hands. Everyone is smiling.  Sorcha makes her way around the room making a point to connect with each resident. 

"Music and specific songs can trigger memories," said Amanda Arsenault, St. Joseph's Activities Manager. "In addition to singing along,  it allows for reminiscing and sharing."

When Sorcha pulls out her banjo, one  resident announces to the room,  "Roy Clark is one of the best banjo players in the world!" 

A man in a wheel chair shouts, "have you ever tried playing Stardust?"

Like all good concerts, the time flies by and the mood in the room is lighter at the end,  a reminder of the intrinsic power of music.
"There's so much communication and playfulness in music," says Sorcha. "It's a connection that goes beyond words. I really love it."


October Noon Tunes with Teaching Artist Diana Hansen & Darren Whitney

Diana Hansen & Darren Whitney
Diana & Darren Perform "A Case Of You".

November Noon Tunes with Jeff Christmas & Monique Barrett

Jeff & Monique Perform  "Seven".

  DID YOU KNOW podcasts of Noon Tunes performances and selected concerts are now available in podcasts on our new website in the Listen section? (comments about the new website? Contact amy@317main.org)

317 Main Champions
Unspent Youth
The members of Unspent Youth, a 317 Main folk-revival ensemble led by teaching artist Jake Hoffman, are ambassadors for our organization in many ways.
The ensemble performs regularly, helping to spread the word about the important role both music and 317 Main have in their lives. 

Now, they're helping us to get out our message more effectively.  

The musicians agreed to pool their resources to purchase a Cannon DSLR camera for 317 Main that will allow us to shoot much higher-quality images and videos. 

We are so grateful for their stewardship of our organization! 
Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Kathy Slack's voice student Truman Bubblo of North Yarmouth for earning a lead role in The Portland Players current production of "A Christmas Story".  Truman is playing Ralphie Parker, the boy who dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.  The show is being directed by 317 Main alum, Janie Downey Maxwell.
Kathy has been working with Truman for the last year-and-a- half, and they share a love of musical theater.

317 Main Community Music Center  
317 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine 04096 
  www.317main.org  / 207-846-9559