The Ephrata Cloister Chorus
Today's chorus, under the new direction of Martin Hinkley, is a dedicated group of volunteers which bring to life the music of the Ephrata Cloister as a special educational program of the Ephrata Cloister Associates. Learn more about the history, performance schedule, volunteer opportunities and sponsorship programs.
since Brother Obed opened a school for local
children in the 1740s, the Ephrata Cloister has been
a place where young people have come to learn. Now,
more than two centuries later, the buildings and
objects of the past have survived to tell the story
of this unique Pennsylvania community to new
A visit to the Ephrata Cloister can be an
excellent complement to your lessons. Teachers may
choose from two different programs, each with
their own format:
Discovery Tours offer students an introductory role playing activity and a look inside the two large structures, the Sisters’ House and the Meetinghouse. Teachers can then choose two additional lesson plans from a variety of programs offered. Please see the School Tour Flyer for a complete listing.
Community Days offer an "open house" which
brings the Ephrata Cloister to life with various
learning stations, and is an excellent self-directed
program specially suited to multiple age groups and
April 21, May 19, and October 13, 2017
At the Ephrata
Cloister, teachers will find:
buildings and objects to visit and explore
- Prelude to the
New World, an exhibit that introduces Ephrata’s
history to visitors
- The Museum
Store at Ephrata Cloister, stocked with books,
reproductions, candy, and good things for
teachers and students
- Picnic tables,
restrooms, and a water fountain
- Ample free
parking for buses, vans, and cars
Call the Ephrata
Cloister for more details about each of these
programs and to make the required reservations for
your school visit.
April and May are the busiest times for schools to
visit and program space is limited in some programs.
Plan to make your reservations early.
For more information please see our 2018 School Tour Flyer.
Summer Internship Guidelines Please note that marketing, education, research, and other internships are offered beyond the exploratory format presented here.
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600