CHRISTOPHER HERBERT

America’s First Musical Treatise and First Female Composers: A presentation on the rich choral treasures of Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Ephrata (located near Lancaster) was settled in the eighteenth century by German-speaking religious fundamentalists. The small celibate community produced a remarkable number of printed and music manuscript hymnals, and America’s first musical treatise. Some of the solitary sisters of the community also wrote music, making them the first known female composers in America.