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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Introducing Heather Bower

September 1st 2015

Animaterra is pleased to introduce Interim Artistic Director Heather Bower. She has been Assistant Director for over 10 years, assisting with rehearsals, acting as section leader, and taking over when our now-retired director, Allison Aldrich Smith, could not be at a rehearsal or event. Heather’s years of experience as music teacher, musician, and singer, as well as her kind, generous and loving spirit, make her well equipped to lead Animaterra through this next phase of growth. Welcome, Heather!

Heather Bower

Heather Bower

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Rehearsal season begins Sept. 1!

August 19th 2015

Making a joyful noise!

Making a joyful noise!

Please join us for a New and Returning Members reception from 6-7 pm,

followed by the first rehearsal from 7-9 PM.

This season looks at the seasons of life and the seasons of the year, with its trials and joys. Please join us! All levels of experience are welcome. We are a warm, nurturing community of song.

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Animaterra receives Ruth and James Ewing Arts Award

June 21st 2015

We are proud and honored to be a recipient of this new local arts award:

Ruth and James Ewing Arts Award

We hope to see you on the 23d!

Ruth and James Ewing

Ruth and James Ewing

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Thank you!

May 19th 2015

It was a beautiful season and a great concert weekend! We will turn up here and there during the summer, and we’ll be back with our regular rehearsal schedule starting September 1, 2015. Meanwhile, thanks to all who made our season sing!


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My Heart is Ready

April 9th 2015

Final Poster Spring 2015
Animaterra’s Spring 2015 concert is entitled, “My Heart is Ready, Songs of Justice, Freedom and the Earth”. This season we are honoring many heroes who answered the call of their hearts, especially local hero Jonathan Myrick Daniels, who was assassinated 50 years ago this year in his struggle for civil rights for all. We will sing songs from that era, as well as songs that remind us that the struggle is still not over. We will also look at other areas of great need, including the environmental crisis and peace on earth. Our songs as always will be a mixture of challenging, heart-warming and joyful. We hope you’ll join us!

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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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