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


Our spring concerts will showcase the work of several fine living American composers/arrangers.

  1. An American Folk Song Medley arranged for Chanticleer by Steve Barnett of Minneapolis

  2. Shaker songs arranged by Kevin Siegfried, formerly of Dover, New Hampshire

  3. Appalachian songs arranged by J. David Moore and Gwyneth Walker

  4. A jazz arrangement of Black Is the Color by Yumiko Matsuoka of Berklee College of Music

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Dover City Hall, Dover, NH

Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.

Middle Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, NH

Wednesday, March 28, 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

Tickets are available for purchase at Baldface Books in Dover, Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth, Café Expresso in Portsmouth, Water Street Books in Exeter, and Durham Book Exchange in Durham.

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Spring Concert

Tree of Life

March 24, 25, and 28, 2018