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10th Anniversary Show! April 16th at the Stone Church in Newmarket, NH

We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a show on Sunday April 16th, 4pm, at the Stone Church in Newmarket, NH.

Join us for an exciting afternoon of a cappella music featuring three fantastic groups. We’ll be hosting the event celebrating 10 years of bringing contemporary harmonies to New Hampshire’s seacoast and surrounding areas.  Our guests will be The New Hampshire Notables from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and The Heart Beats of Worcester, MA.

Ten years of harmony on and off stage

In March of 2013, Erica Hoar sent an e-mail to other former members of the New Hampshire Notables, UNH’s original female a cappella group. Erica wrote:

I am writing to y’all because I am hoping to start a new all female a cappella group.  Now that I have been out of college for a few years and have settled down a bit, I have found that I really miss singing!  I have been talking to some other Notes that I am friends with and we all feel the same way….something is missing in our lives!  I mainly want to do this, to give us that bond that we loved so much and to fill our musical souls.

Later that month, a first meeting was held. Regular rehearsals started after that, and this fledgling group was named The Afternotes (as in, after being in the Notables!)

Since then, we’ve performed throughout the New Hampshire seacoast and Southern Maine, with sets that include songs by Pink, The Bangles, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Merton, and many more, covering a large swath of the musical landscape. Over the last decade, we’ve worked hard to expand our scope and reach different audiences through a variety of musical genres. As Erica found, for many who sing in college, graduation marks the end of the musical run. The group is a chance to keep the music flowing.  We currently meet each week to sing, socialize and plan events. The rapport that the members share is evident to audiences who feel the joy that this kind of music evokes.  

Show Details

Please join us on Sunday, April 16th at 4pm as we celebrate all we’ve accomplished and move forward into the next decade with fervor.

The Stone Church is located at 5 Granite Street, Newmarket, NH 03857. View Map

Tickets are $15 online (plus fees), $20 at the door.

About The New Hampshire Notables

Established in 1980, the New Hampshire Notables are the University of New Hampshire’s treble a cappella group! The Notes arrange and perform music across all genres and time periods and have dedicated over 40 years to building an expansive community of talented singers. Their newest album, “Note to Self,” released in 2022, as well as their performances at events on and off-campus, have built them a reputable name in the New England region. 

About The Heart Beats

Formed in the summer of ’22, The Heart Beats are Worcester’s newest coed a cappella group. Worcester is known as “the heart of the Commonwealth” and everyone loves a good music pun, thus the name was born! They love singing together, but most importantly, they love being ridiculous together at rehearsals. Their motto is “sing the song that’s in your heart” because having fun is really what it’s all about.

A cappella brunch on February 26, 2023 in Exeter

We’re kicking off 2023 with a fun Sunday afternoon event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery on Sunday February 26, to benefit Exeter Community Fridge.

Enjoy our harmonies and a light Sunday brunch while you peruse the art at this lively artist’s gallery. We’ll perform three or more 15-minute sets with breaks in between for brunch treats, socializing and art viewing. Come for a few minutes or come for the whole time!


Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery

120 Front St. Exeter NH

Sunday February 26, 12-2pm

$27 each person. Purchase tickets: Portsmouth NH Tickets | Art & A Capella Brunch to benefit Exeter Community Fridge


Exeter Community Fridge is a community-driven project founded on the principle that access to nourishing food with dignity is a human right. The project provides the community with a means to share resources without judgment or expectations through shared use of a fridge and pantry that are stocked with meals, groceries, produce, and dry goods. The community is encouraged to take what they need and give what they can in order to help alleviate food insecurity and reduce food waste as well as foster mutual aid values.

Thank you for your support for this wonderful community-driven project.

Join us at the Summer Concert series in Plaistow, Wednesday August 24

We’re excited to be performing as part of Summer Concerts at the PARC in Plaistow, NH on Wednesday August 24 from 6-8pm. We’ll be joined by Massachusetts based male a cappella group Tonehenge.

The PARC is located at 51 Old County Road (Carli’s Way) in Plaistow.  This outdoor venue has plenty of room to set up your blankets and chairs, with a concession stand, restrooms, and plenty of parking.  We’ll be closing out Plaistow Recreation’s concert series which takes place each Wednesday this summer starting June 22nd.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 3 p.m. online at so check before heading out if rain is in the forecast.

We will be hoping for excellent weather to close out the summer and look forward to being behind the microphones again and sharing our varied repertoire, including some new material! Hope to see you there!

Live Free and Sing on Saturday January 25th

What better way to enter 2020 than with an afternoon of awesome acapella? Won’t you join Portsmouth Pro Musica on Saturday, January 25th at 4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth? The Afternotes had a blast performing at last year’s event and this year will surely be just as much fun!

Portsmouth Pro Musica is proud to present the third annual Live Free and Sing a cappella festival. This year’s event will feature performances by six amazing seacoast groups – The Overtones, UNH’s Not Too Sharp, The Afternotes, Berwick Academy’s The Hilltoppers, RMS5 and the Stairwells.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased on the Portsmouth Pro Musica website or at the door. Last year’s event was nearly sold out so advance purchases (buy online here) are recommended. Hope to see you there!

The Afternotes performing at the 2019 Live Free & Sing Festival
The Afternotes performing at the 2019 Live Free and Sing festival

The Afternotes Holiday Performances 2019

It may only be November, but it’s never too early to get ready to feel the spirit of the holidays! We’ll be performing throughout the holiday season and we’re busy preparing a set of music that is sure to make you want to break out the mistletoe and hang up your wreaths. 

You’ll hear old favorites like “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland”, classic hymns like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night”, as well as seriously fun oldies like “Marshmallow World”.  We’ll have you singing along for sure!

Our first show will be at The Rye Public Library on Wednesday December 4th starting at 6:30. This performance is free and open to the public. The library is located at 581 Washington Rd in Rye, New Hampshire.

We’ll entertain during dinnertime at On The Marsh Bistro as part of the PRELUDE holiday celebration in Kennebunk, Maine on Saturday December 7th. Dinner reservations are suggested!

A third Christmas appearance will be at The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth as part of their famous Candlelight Stroll on Saturday December 21st starting at 7:30. Visit their website for  ticketing information.

We hope to see you in December!

The Afternotes at On the Marsh Bistro

The Afternotes at On the Marsh Bistro, 2018


We’re five years old!

This spring marks our fifth year as The Afternotes! We were featured in the Portsmouth Herald/Seacoast Online back in March.  As reported we’ve been busy learning new material and planning for our first recording!  Read the article here.



Mark your calendars for August 2 – Afternotes concert in Stratham, NH!

Come See Our Summer A Cappella Show!

We have a great event planned for you! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 2nd at 3:00pm at the Stratham Community Church in Stratham, NH.  We’ll be hosting a concert with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.  We’ll even have a few of the Center’s animal ambassadors in attendance! You won’t want to miss it!


Joining us will be Without a Map, a NH Seacoast area co-ed a Cappella group.

Without A Map

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.  We hope you can join us!

The Stratham Community Church is at 6 Emery Lane in Stratham NH. Map and Directions:

We’ll be at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery on Saturday, 11/15/2014

Our next gig will be at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, Maine on Saturday Nov. 15th at 2pm! Free and open to the public.  Buy some crullers and hear us sing!

Afternotes mentions in the news – upcoming shows

We’re in the news again – mentioned several times in the SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth Herald) Entertainment gossip section.  As mentioned in the article, we have a few performances coming up.  On September 27, we’ll be part of the first a cappella night at The Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine.  In December, look for us during the opening of The Christmas Carol at the Player’s Ring in Portsmouth. And in February, we’ll be part of “V-Day” at the Music Hall!



New Afternotes videos on YouTube

We’ve got some new videos posted on our YouTube page! Check out a few selections from our performance on 4/15/2014. Thanks again to Layne Case for having us at the book signing.