M. ROGER HOLLAND, II – Musician & Composer

May 6, 2022 |

Roger Holland is the newly appointed Teaching Assistant Professor of Music and Religion and Director of The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. He is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received the Master of Divinity degree, and he holds a Master’s in Piano Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, in Music Education.  He has toured nationally and internationally with The Boys Choir of Harlem, working with them as a conductor, pianist, instructor and arranger. Roger served as Minister of Music for Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY for 12 years and is Liturgical Music Consultant for the New York Archdiocese Office of Black Ministry, acting as Music Director for their special Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  In addition to his Broadway credits, which include, playing for the Broadway production of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, Roger is also a respected clinician, presenting workshops for McDonald’s Gospelfest, the Clarence Rivers Music Institute, Archbishop Lyke Liturgical Conference, the Roderick Bell Institute, Unity Explosion-Region X, and the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference. His commissioned works include “The Dream and The Dreamer,” “Down By The River,” commissioned by The Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, and “The Tribulation Suite,” a 4-movement work based on Negro Spirituals.  In 2016, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Roger with the Pierre Toussaint Medallion for Service.

Watch Holland perform “Worthy God”


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