Amare Cantare



An auditioned chamber chorus that strives for musical excellence in the performance of challenging and diverse repertoire, we seek to foster a vital arts community, collaborate with other organizations, provide opportunities for artistic fulfillment for our singers, and share our love of music with our audiences. Since 1977, Amare Cantare (“to love to sing”) has performed masterworks and choral music from five centuries. Based in Durham, New Hampshire, the group’s members come from all over the Seacoast.

Catherine Beller-McKenna, Music Director, brings to Amare Cantare extensive experience in conducting choruses in both community and collegiate settings. She received her Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, her Master's of Music in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where she explored a special interest in text/music relationships in the cantatas of J.S. Bach. She has also conducted in master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival and the South Carolina Conductor's Institute.

Since returning to New England in 1998, Catherine has taught and conducted at Bowdoin College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Southern Maine. In addition to Amare Cantare, she directs Women in Harmony, a 50-voice women's chorus in Portland, ME, and she previously directed the Granite State Choral Society, a 65-voice mixed chorus in Rochester, NH.

Catherine (who goes by "Kitty") believes strongly in the power of music to build community. She lives with her family in Durham, NH.

Contact Us

Amare Cantare

P.O. Box 742

Durham, NH 03824




Amare Cantare is an auditioned chamber ensemble generally made up of 24 voices. When openings occur, they are filled by private audition with the music director. We do keep a waiting list, as vacancies sometimes arise unexpectedly. Please e-mail for more information or to set up an audition.


For 2016–2017 concert season details, click here.


Clark Bourne


Scott Joy

Vice President

Liz Smardz


Morgen Ames


Paula Rais

Bruce McKibben

Steve Hall

Otis Perry

Kitty Beller-McKenna



December 10, 11 and 14, 2016

This December, Amare Cantare turns its attention back to the pure beauty of unaccompanied voices with an all a cappella program. Our annual holiday concert encompasses works from a variety of periods, featuring five of Ola Gjeilo’s fresh and original arrangements of well-loved Christmas carols. The program also includes works by some of the most famous Renaissance composers, such as William Byrd and Orlando di Lasso, along with the lesser known Felice Anerio and Jacob Handl. In addition, we are proud to present works by the contemporary composers Angelina Figus, Carol Barnett, and John Joubert. Please join us for this joyful and varied program.

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street, Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m.

Saint Joseph’s Church, 150 Central Avenue, Dover, NH

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.

Christ Church, 43 Pine Street, Exeter, NH

General Admission: $15 at the door, $12 in advance

Students and Seniors: $12 at the door, $10 in advance

Advance tickets at Baldface Books, Dover; Flower Kiosk, Portsmouth; Café Espresso, Portsmouth; Water Street Books, Exeter; Durham Book Exchange, Durham.

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