Mark Your Calendar

See our full 2013-2014 calendar  


Monday nights: Contra Dance Jam7:30 - 9 pm 

$5 drop-in fee 


Tuesday nights: Bluegrass Jam, 7:30 - 9 pm.
$5 drop-in fee  


Thursday nights: Irish Session, 7:30 - 9 pm.
$5 drop-in fee  

Friday, Nov. 1: Audition applications due for the Maine Acoustic Festival.

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Open Mic at 317 Main. 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Nov. 11 - 14: Hold Your Spot Registration for Winter Session

Nov. 11 - 22: Early Bird Registration for Winter Session

Saturday, Nov. 16: Maine Acoustic Festival Auditions at 317 Main. 10 am - 3 pm.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Open Mic at 317 Main. 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Monday, Dec. 2: Fall Session Ends

Dec. 3 - 6: WORKSHOP WEEK. Open to the general public.

Saturday, Dec. 7. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, 11 am - 2 pm.

Saturday, Dec. 7: Maine Acoustic Festival Auditions at Mt. Blue High School, Farmington. 10 am - 3 pm.

Monday, Dec. 9: Winter Session begins

Join us at 317 Main for our annual HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Dec. 7
11 am - 2 pm. 
Seasonal cheer, music, and informal fun.


We're hosting two Open Mics in November for 317 students. 

Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7:00 -  8:30 pm.

Call the Front Desk to reserve your slot or stop by the 317 Main lobby to sign up.

You make it possible for us to provide these programs and community events. Thank you.  

BOB DYLAN on a Thursday Night
The songs of Bob Dylan have been the focus of a very popular adult ensemble this fall at 317 Main.

On a recent Thursday evening, Room 10 was quickly filling with 317 musicians unpacking instruments and setting up chairs. In record time, guitars, mandolins, a keyboard, and bass were tuned and ready to go.

317 instructor and Dylan aficionado Matt Shipman offers the group direction; working out chord progressions on the white board, making suggestions on the arrangements, encouraging soloists, and adding support on guitar or mandolin where needed. Read more . . .

Bob Dylan Ensemble 2013

Maine Acoustic Festival Auditions

Audition applications for the 2014 Maine Acoustic Festival are due and must be postmarked by the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 1! Now in its second year, this is a wonderful opportunity for teenage acoustic musicians from Maine. 

Maine Acoustic Festival 2013
Maine Acoustic Festival 2013 video

The three-day student music festival takes place March 27-29, 2014 and concludes with a performance at Hannaford Hall in Portland on March 29.

More information and audition materials are available at www.MaineAcousticFestival.com.


New Faculty at 317 Main
Welcome to two new faculty members at 317 Main! 
Megan Martelle is teaching fiddle and violin at 317 Main. She comes to us from the University of Southern Maine music program and Berklee College of Music.
Saxophonist Kate Campbell Strauss received an interdisciplinary degree (American Studies and Music) from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and is leading a Jazz Workshop at 317 Main this fall.

Treats at the Cafe!
Notes from the Caf 

You're all invited to stop by the Musicians' Caf� at 317 Main to taste our new selection of custom-made baked goods made for us by our good friends down the street at Andy's Handy Store.

While you're here, please sign our guest book and learn about some exciting ideas to make our special place even more special for people of all ages.

Already, new friendships are being formed, professional networking is happening - and someone even learned to use their new iPhone! On that note, I look forward to seeing you soon. 
- Barbara Ann, Cafe Coordinator


Development News


Thank you to RBC Wealth Management for their generous grant to support 317 Main's financial aid fund and outreach programs. This award will help 317 Main achieve our mission to create a welcoming and inclusive community for music lovers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. 
Registration - Winter Session

Winter Session begins on Monday, Dec. 9. Early Bird Registration for lessons, classes, and ensembles begins on November 11. Current students who wish to continue a lesson in their same slot need to register by Friday, November 15. Visit our web site for the Winter Session list of classes and ensembles.