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.

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Amare Cantare presents Deck the Halls

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Dover City Hall, 288 Central Ave, Dover, NH

Sunday, December 12, 2:00 p.m. SOLD OUT
St. Joseph Church, 150 Central Avenue, Dover, NH

Wednesday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Holy Trinity Church, 22 Fox Run Road, Newington, NH

In celebration of our return to live indoor concerts (with COVID-19 protocols), Amare Cantare brings you a program of innovative and fresh arrangements of seasonal carols. This no-intermission program will feature arrangements by Gjeilo, Paulus, Langford, and Willcocks, among others. Of particular note are Gjeilo’s “Away in a Manger” and “The Holly and the Ivy,” the King’s Singers version of “Jingle Bells” and Paulus’s transcendent “Silent Night.” All Amare Cantare singers are fully vaccinated and will sing six feet apart in masks. Audience members are also required to wear masks. Full vaccination or negative test results are expected, but will not be checked. Seating will be limited in some venues and individual audience members or family groups will be seated six feet apart.

General Admission $12 in advance; Students and Seniors: $10 in advance. Because of constraints due to distancing, ticket will not be sold at the door.

We have reached audience capacity for our winter concerts and invite you to join us in the spring.

Our Newest Album

“En Vivo: Choral Music of Spain and the Americas” draws from live performances in 2018 and 2019 to showcase Amare Cantare at its best. Enjoy our music on your favorite streaming service, and help support us through the pandemic with your purchase. Read more in this Seacoast Online article.

En Vivo: Choral Music of Spain and the Americas

Listen and purchase in Apple Music, Amazon Music, or your favorite digital music source!

Our Music Director

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.

Our Board

  • Clark Bourne, President
  • Scott Joy, Vice President
  • Liz Smardz, Treasurer
  • Morgen Ames, Secretary
  • Paula Rais, Past President
  • Kitty Beller-McKenna, Music Director
  • Stephanie Kinnett
  • Charlie Smith
  • John Wallace


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 email us for more information or to set up an audition.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 742
Durham, NH 03824