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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Bass Needed

Amare Cantare has an opening for a bass — ideally a low bass! Please email info@amarecantare.org if you are interested to audition.


Spring Concerts 2020 — April 25, 26 and 29

Featuring J.S. Bach’s Cantata 131 and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria

Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Dover City Hall, Dover, NH

Sunday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, NH

Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Christ Church, Exeter, NH

Our Music Director

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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