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Ephrata Cloister Associates

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This 2015/16 season we are looking for specific soprano, tenor and base chorus members! Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings during the chorus season from September to December, then January through May. Chorus members are welcomed to join at anytime during the season, pending an audition process.

The Ephrata Cloister chorus interprets the 18th century music composed by Conrad Beissel and the Sisters and Brothers who resided in the Ephrata Community. Chorus members are accepted through an audition process. To historically present the music, following the audition, a chorus member will be provided with a white garb (a habit), a white cloth covered binder, and sheet music. The chorus member is required to keep the garb clean and in good repair. Chorus members are required to attend weekly rehearsals in the Visitors' Center from September to December and again from January through May. Absenses are approved by the Chorus director. When on site or off site for concerts, the Chorus members must wear all pieces of the garb and act in a dignified manner. At the conclusion of each concert season, the Chorus members return all assigned music to the Chorus Librarian.

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About Ephrata Cloister Associates


632 W MAIN ST, EPHRATA, PA 17522, US

Mission Statement


Ephrata Cloister preserves and interprets this 18 th Century religious community as a living example of religious tolerance and intellectual freedom and the significant role Pennsylvania played in the Human Rights issue of freedom of religion and expression.


Ephrata Cloister preserves and interprets for citizens and visitors, this 18 th century religious community as a meaningful example of religious toleration and intellectual freedom in the New World and of the significant role Pennsylvania played in the human rights issue of freedom of religion and expression.The Ephrata Cloister presents tours, educational programs, exhibits, and publications that increase understanding of this community and of religious toleration in colonial Pennsylvania. Major themes include:

  • The people who founded and participated in the Ephrata community;
  • The prominence of this radical religious community with strong Germanic traditions in the context of colonial society;
  • The religious beliefs that drove the austere lifestyle of the community;
  • The extraordinary domestic, cultural and social by-products, including fraktur, musical composition, religious writing, printing and architecture;
  • The Cloister as a contributor to German culture in Pennsylvania


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632 West Main StreetEphrata, PA 17522



  • History
  • German
  • Music Arts
  • Singing


  • People 55+


  • Orientation or Training
  • weekly rehearsals; on/off site performances
  • standing forĀ 30 minutes or longer; ability or desire to learn to read music; interest or desire to l

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