Animaterra is a women's chorus in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, USA. We are a non-profit organization, formed by women to communicate through music of the world's traditions. We welcome all women in a community of song, reaching out to all people locally, regionally and globally. We offer an environment of learning and shared musical artistry in which women, whether beginners or experienced, can express themselves through music.

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International Women’s Day 2015

March 10th 2015

In honor of women everywhere, we offer this wonderful video tribute by Karen MacKay:

When Every Woman


Joining hands in the name of love

Joining hands in the name of love

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Spring Season begins!

January 3rd 2015

Animaterra’s Spring Rehearsal season begins Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015! We will begin with a New and Returning Member reception at 6:00, and the first rehearsal will be from 7:00-9:00 pm. After that, rehearsals will be from 6:45-9:00 pm every Tuesday.

We meet at the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave, Keene, NH.*

This season we will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Jonathan Daniels with songs of the civil rights era, as well as songs celebrating the earth and world peace. It promises to be a joyful season of moving, beautiful song. Our concerts will be May 9 & 10, 2015.

Membership is open to all women who love to sing. No auditions or previous experience required.


For more information, call 603-209-3304 or email animaterrasings@gmail.com


Rehearsals have been moved to Life/Art Community Resource Center, 75 Roxbury Street, Keene, NH 03431

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Winter Concert 2015: Festivals of Light

November 11th 2014

The time for celebration has arrived! Animaterra women’s chorus will be presenting our winter concert, FESTIVALS OF LIGHT, on December 6th and 7th, featuring music from Scandinavia to Bosnia, from the British Isles to Africa, and many places in between. Come enjoy a host of surprises and delights and celebrate the winter season with us! See the sidebar for details and for ticket information.

You can also listen to our local radio ad: Animaterra on the radio!

Festivals of Light

Festivals of Light

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Pumpkinfest 2014!

October 16th 2014

This Saturday is the annual Keene Pumpkin FestAnimaterra Women’s Chorus and many other non-profits will be selling our wares. We’ve been making our famous apple turnovers (and apple-cranberry, and apple-raisin, and spinach-feta turnovers). I urge all of my local friends to come on down on Saturday and sample one or more- thanks to this fund raiser, we are able to keep our dues and ticket prices low and plan exciting workshops and other fun events, doing our part to spread music throughout the Monadnock region.


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Animaterra Welcomes You!

August 17th 2014


Animaterra Women’s Chorus begins its new rehearsal season on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the First Baptist Church, 205 Maple Ave, Keene.

The evening starts with a New and Returning Members reception at 6:00 pm followed by our first rehearsal from 7:00-9:00 pm.
We will be singing songs of Festivals of Light from many cultures and times. It promises to be a lovely concert program of songs old and new and some surprises!
Our concert weekend will be Dec. 6 and 7.
Animaterra is a wonderful community of singing women. We hold no auditions, there is no experience needed, but there is satisfaction for all levels of singers.
For more information, contact Allison Aldrich Smith, Artistic Director:
We hope to see you on Sept. 2!


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New Rehearsal Season Begins: New Members Welcome!

June 4th 2014

Our first rehearsal will begin with a New and Returning Members reception from 6-7 pm. Come meet each other, enjoy refreshments provided by the Advisory Circle, and get ready to sing songs of the new Animaterra season!

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Animaterra Sings at the Monadnock Lyceum

June 4th 2014

Animaterra will be the warm-up before noted author Lois Lowry speaks at the Monadnock Lyceum at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH.

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Animaterra Sings at the Hancock Farmer’s Market

June 4th 2014

Hancock, NH Farmer’s Market

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Pizza Fundraiser for Animaterra

June 4th 2014

Animaterra will be the beneficiary at Orchard Hill Breadworks popular Pizza Night. Members of the chorus will wait on you, and at 6 and 7 pm we will sing for you as well. Bring your own toppings or just enjoy a cheese pizza made in Orchard Hill’s pizza oven. Pizza costs $7 per crust. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy a lovely evening at 121 Old Settler’s Road, East Alstead, NH. 10344290_10204007640859224_3710972261590311921_o


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“As Long As There’s Singing, There’s Hope”- our new cd!

May 28th 2014

Animaterra's New CD

Animaterra’s New CD

We are delighted to announce the release of our latest cd, “As Long As There’s Singing There’s Hope”. This is a compilation of the best of the past 7 years of concerts. Here is what our audio engineer, Eric Blackmer, had to say in our liner notes:

is a collection of live performances garnered from across six years of Animaterra concerts. The album begins, as do most Animaterra concerts, with a processional. Listen! Hear the women rowing nearer in Ise Oluwa until they are assemble on the risers. After a welcoming introduction the show usually starts off slow and stately, as with Ela La Ma. Where they will they go from there, only Animaterra knows.

  Animaterra’s head and heart is Allison Aldrich Smith. Officially, she is the music director but that doesn’t begin to describe her role. For Allison music is life and life is music. Her magic is that she teaches, enables and inspires ordinary people to deliver performances that are clearly above and beyond. Allison conducts and draws the choir and the audience to create transcendent musical events.

  Animaterra concerts are unique journeys. These singers soar in various directions- and their range is wide. They are likely to burst into a musical tour de force like Away Ye Merry Lassies, or shake your reality with 1000 Grandmothers, then touch the sublime with the Blue Green Hills of Earth, or bop you with reality, like  Cindy Kallet’s song I’m a Mammal, or captivate you with a very powerful rendition of Huddie Ledbetter’s Bring Me Little Water SilvieBaba Yetu, sung in Swahili, is unforgettable and brought down the house with a rousing standing ovation. 

  Animaterra will make you laugh and sing, and bring tears to your eyes. This unique women’s chorus will broaden your horizons with music from many and diverse world musical traditions. They will also entertain you with familiar songs. After you have been thrilled and awed, the choir will recess, singing, dancing, marching down the aisles, embracing, enthralling and celebrating the female spirit of the world. In the aftermath of an Animaterra concert there remains an aura of exquisite transcendent euphoria. 

  This is what we have tried to bring to you in this CD. May you enjoy it over and over. Sing along! Show your friends! Request Animaterra on your favorite radio station. Go tell it on the mountain! Let the good times roll! And remember: 

As long as there’s singing there’s hope!

The cd is available at regional stores in the Monadnock region, at our concerts and events, and from CD Baby:



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