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.


Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Stratham Community Church, 6 Emery Lane, Stratham, NH

Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.

Middle Street Baptist Church, 18 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH

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

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

Advance Tickets: Baldface Books, Dover; Flower Kiosk, Portsmouth; Water Street Books, Exeter; Durham Book Exchange, Durham

For the full 2014–2015 season, click here.

Join us for a concert of works for the Christmas season. Poulenc’s four Christmas motets — O magnum mysterium, Quem vidistis pastores dicite, Videntes stellam, and Hodie Christus natus est are exquisite miniatures that both challenge the ear and refresh the soul with their fascinating harmonies and varied moods and colors. In his Magnificat Secondo from Selva morale e spiritual of 1640, Monteverdi exhibits his characteristic skill with textural variety by employing contrasting sections of four-part chorus, solo trio, and plainchant. The program also includes Hymne à la Vièrge by Pierre Villette, Frank Ticheli’s There Will Be Rest, and a variety of other seasonal pieces.

Poulenc: Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël

Monteverdi: Magnificat Secondo