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  • Ephrata Cloister

    Ephrata Cloister Chorus

Today’s Chorus, under the 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. Wearing white robes patterned after those worn by the Brothers and Sisters of Ephrata in the mid-eighteenth century, the modern Chorus performs at the historic site and throughout the region. In addition to work from Ephrata’s past, the group performs compositions from other early American communities including works from the Shakers, the Moravians, the Harmonists, the Kelpius Community, the First New England School, and African American spirituals. The Ephrata Cloister Chorus performs on-site and off-site in sacred spaces, concert halls, museums and historic sites. Please contact the Concert Coordinator Cathie Oliphant at oliphant@ptd.net to arrange a performance for your organization.

Recordings of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus are available at The Museum Store. Click here for samples of music

Become a sponsor of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus season!

Call for new members

Chorus members are required to attend weekly rehearsals at the Historic Ephrata Cloister’s Visitors’ Center from September to December and again from January through May. New Chorus members are welcome at any time provided they attend three Tuesday evening rehearsals and complete an audition process. After being accepted into the Chorus a new member will be provided with three items: a white garb, a white cloth-covered binder, and sheet music. The Chorus member is required to keep the garb clean and in good repair and wear it during scheduled performances during the spring and fall. For more information about joining our volunteer Chorus, contact Cathie Oliphant, Concert Coordinator at Oliphant@ptd.net.

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Tom Wolf, Governor – Nancy Moses, Chair – Andrea Lowery, Executive Director

Ephrata Cloister is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History. For more information or to request a free 24-page visitor guide, visit www.phmc.pa.gov or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

The Ephrata Cloister Associates is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, supporting the mission of preservation and education at this National Historic Landmark.