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.



Clark Bourne


Scott Joy

Vice President

Liz Smardz


Morgen Ames


Paula Rais

Past President

Mike Herlihy

Otis Perry

Charlie Smith

John Wallace

Kitty Beller-McKenna


December 9, 10, and 13, 2017

Amare Cantare is excited to present an eclectic mix of unaccompanied choral music for the 2017 holiday season. In addition to featuring Eric Whitacre's spellbinding Alleluia as the centerpiece of our December concerts, we will also be performing four Polish carols—two of them sung in Polish. Along with works by such well-known composers as Tallis, Vaughan Williams, Warlock, and Willcocks, the program will contrast the styles of two lesser-known women composers: the 17th century Italian, Isabella Leonarda, and contemporary Maine composer, Erica Quin-Easter. Please join us for these festive and seasonal offerings that are certain to enhance your holiday!

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street, Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, December 10, 3:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Church, 150 Central Avenue, Dover, NH

Wednesday, December 13, 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

Buy advance tickets online below or at:

Baldface Books, Dover; Flower Kiosk, Portsmouth; Café Espresso, Portsmouth

Water Street Books, Exeter; Durham Book Exchange, Durham

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Online ticket purchases are “will call” at the door.

For concert-day purchases, please bring a printed copy of your emailed receipt.