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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Spring Into Summer

with an Amare Cantare live concert!

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 4:00 p.m.Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 p.m.
Al Capp Outdoor Amphitheater
8 Mill Yard
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park
28–34 Henry Law Avenue
Dover, New Hampshire

Admission is free — just bring your own lawn chair and mask.
Amare Cantare’s first full-group live concert in over a year and a half!

Al Capp Amphitheater

This ideal outdoor space allows for unique features:

  • Singers stand six feet apart on stone bleachers rather than the typical flat performance area
  • Stone amplifies our voices and makes it easier for us to hear one another
  • Audience sits in the flat area, six feet apart and masked

Please join us for this eclectic program featuring a mix of pieces in various styles:

  • O occhi, manza mia by Orlando di Lasso
  • Weep, O mine eyes by John Bennett
  • Fair Phyllis I saw by John Farmer
  • Il bianco e dolce cigno by Jacob Arcadelt
  • Now is the gentle season by Thomas Morley
  • The fields abroad by Thomas Morley
  • Sicut cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Halleluja – Laudem dicite by Hans Leo Hassler
  • Frühlingsahnung by Felix Mendelssohn
  • The Road Home by Stephen Paulus
  • Vum Vive Vum by Kevin Siegfried
  • Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit arranged by Moses Hogan

Amare Cantare is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.


Our New Album

Our new digital 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
  • Mike Herlihy
  • Charlie Smith
  • John Wallace

Auditions

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
USA