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. We are now seeking basses to begin January 2019. 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

Kitty Beller-McKenna

Mike Herlihy

Otis Perry

Charlie Smith

John Wallace


Please join us for a holiday concert celebrating the beauty of unaccompanied choral singing. This program will draw you into the spirit of the season with a variety of sacred works, including selections from Josef Rheinberger’s Advent motets and pieces by Josquin des Prez, Cecilia McDowall, Sally Herman, and Juan Garcia de Salazar. We will also feature a set of spirituals, including two Christmas spirituals arranged by David Blackwell and Rosephanye Powell’s “Be Glad in the Lord.” Lastly, we will invite you to raise your voices with ours to sing some beloved seasonal carols.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street, Portsmouth, NH

Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.

Christ Church, 43 Pine Street, Exeter, NH

Save the date for our spring concerts: March 30-31 and April 3, 2019

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Winter Concerts

Now May We Singen

December 8, 9 and 12, 2018