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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.

School Programs

Ever 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 generations.

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 home schools.


Community Days

April 21, May 19, and October 13, 2017


At the Ephrata Cloister, teachers will find:

  • Historic 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.

Remember that 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.

Internship Application

Summer Internship Guidelines Please note that marketing, education, research, and other internships are offered beyond the exploratory format presented here.

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600