Collegium musicum
Ona, WV

T. Edwin Harkless - director

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Links to videos of
CMHS Collegium musicum performances



Southern Div ACDA 2014

About Collegium musicum

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Collegium musicum is a Renaissance-style costumed ensemble of high school singers in grades 9 - 12 in Ona, WV. The ensemble is directed by Ed Harkless, the original founder of the group and 30 year veteran teacher in the Cabell County School System.

The students are selected by competitive audition in early spring each year during scheduling for the next school year. Each year, these singers present up to 40 programs to the community.

Additionally, they have traveled each spring since the opening of the school in 1994. Performance venues have included such diverse locales as the Washington Cathedral, Washington, DC, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, Toronto, CA, San Francisco and San Diego in addition to local community and civic presentations as well as an annual trip to and performance at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (where Mr. Harkless was Knighted in 2014 in recognition of many years of Collegium musicum performing "for the Queen")

Collegium musicum presents the Annual Christmas Madrigal Dinner on the second full week-end in December each year.

Collegium musicum first toured Ireland in April 2006, performing in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Blarney Castle and Knappogue Castle and returned to Ireland in April of 2011 performing a joint concert with Mr. Timothy Waugh at Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin and at Bunratty Castle, Shannon. Collegium musicum will once again travel to Ireland in 2014 to visit and perform.

Collegium musicum will be traveling to Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA in the spring of 2015. Donations toward this trip may be made here.

Visit our photo gallery for slide shows of our events.

The 18th, 19th and 20th Annual Christmas Madrigal Dinners were sold out!


2014-2015 Senior 4th year members



Awards and Recognitions:

2015 - National ACDA Honor Choirs - Corey Adkins, Sawyer Adkins, Max Creasy, Tanner Pope

2015 -WVMEA (NAfME) All State Chorus - Kayelin Ryder, Tyler Call, Karenann Flouhouse, Erik Bruce

2015 - WVACDA High Chamber Choir - Kayelin Ryder and Erik Bruce

2015- WVACDA Junior High Middle School Choir -
Laura Clagg, Brianna Ring, Olivia Sweeney,
Caleb Dorsey, Isaac Meadows, Taran Watts, Bethany Weekley

2014 - Brooke Alexander selected to WV Governor's Honors Academy

2014 - WV ARTS ALIVE Celebration - selected to represent choral music in WV!

2014 - Ireland Tour - accepted to present performances at Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin and Bunratty Castle, Shannon.

2014 - Tanner Pope, Palmer Moehling, Sawyer Adkins, Max Creasy, Joe Browning, Amos Parlock, Jared Ross, Damon Noel - Southern Division ACDA Honor Choirs

2014 - Joe Browning, Corey Dorsey, Damon Noel - WV ACDA All State High School Chamber Choir

2013 - Damon Noel - ACDA National Honor Choir, Dallas, TX

2013 - Lauren Cheslick, Jacob Gue, Kellan Sanns, Amos Parlock, Damon Noel - WV All State Chorus

2013- Alyssa Morris, Lauren Cheslick, Jacob Gue,
Kellan Sanns, Damon Noel - WV ACDA HS Chamber Choir

2012- Marshall University Choral Invitational
perfect scores all judges!

2012- Damon Noel selected to attend WV Governor's School for the Arts!

2012 - Betsy Pettit - 1st Place Marshall University S.C.O.R.E.S. Academic Competition - Vocal Soloist

2012 - San Diego, Ca. Gold Award Winner and Judges' Achievement Award at the 2012 San Diego Heritage Music Festival

2012 - Betsy Pettit, Rebecca Pettit, Travis Pierson,
Kellan Sanns, Daniel Parlock -
WV MEA All State Chorus Members

2012 - Betsy Pettit, Rebecca Pettit, Felicia Sargent,
Travis Pierson, Damon Noel, Kellan Sanns -
WVACDA All State Chamber Choir Members
Tanner Pope, Breeann Bays - WVACDA All State
Junior High/Middle School Choir

2012 - Betsy Pettit, Jacob Gue, Travis Pierson,
Kellan Sanns, Damon Noel, Daniel Parlock, Luke Creasy - Southern Division ACDA Honor Choir Members -
Winston-Salem, NC

2012 -  Capitol High School Choral Festival -
2nd Place Concert Choir.

NAFE (formerly MENC) National Magazine -
feature story about their 2011 Ireland Concert Trip

2011 - Betsy Pettit selected to attend WV Governor's School for the Arts!

2011 - WV Dept. of Education Arts Alive
Honor Choir - Clay Center,Charleston, WV performance

2011 - Ireland Tour - including formal programs at
Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin with Timothy Waugh/organ and at Bunratty Castle, Bunratty, Co. Clare

2011 - Doni Lemley, Daniel Parlock -  West Virginia's only National ACDA Honor Choir Members - Chicago, IL

2011 - Capitol High School Choral Festival -
1st Place Concert Choir!

2010 - Capitol High School Choral Festival
1st Place Concert Choir!

2010 - Marshall University Choir Invitational
perfect scores all judges!

2010 - Blake Creasy, Betsy Pettit, Katy Pettit,
Morgan McMicken, Doni Lemley, Daniel Parlock - Honor Choir Members Southern Division ACDA - Memphis, TN

2009 - Marshall University Choir Invitational
perfect scores all judges!

2008 - Heritage Music Festival - Atlanta
Gold Award

2008 - Katy Pettit and Rachel Parlock - Honor Choir Members for Southern Division ACDA - Louisville, KY

2007 - Heritage Music Festival - San Francisco
Silver Award

2006 - Ireland Tour - including formal concert at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dubin, and Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet, Quin, Co. Clare

2006 - Rachelle Thompson, J. D. Evans - Southern Division ACDA Honor Choir Members - Charleston, WV

                              © 2011 Ed Harkless . All rights reserved