M. Roger Holland, II

Roger Holland

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lamont School of Music

What I do

Conductor, composer, pianist, singer, lecturer.

Professional Biography

M. Roger Holland, II is the newly appointed Teaching Assistant Professor in Music and Religion and Director of The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received the Master of Divinity degree, Roger also served as Artist-in-Residence and director of the Union Gospel Choir for over 13 years. In 2015 Union awarded him the Trailblazers Distinguished Alumni Award, the first given to a graduate whose ministry is music, for his contributions to the legacy of African American music. He received a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, also in New York, and completed his undergraduate work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he majored in Music Education with a concentration in piano and voice.

Roger is Liturgical Music Consultant for the Archdiocese of New York Office of Black Ministry and Music Director for their special masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Commissioned works include The Dream and The Dreamer, The Tribulation Suite, The Call, and concert settings of Agnus Dei and Magnificat. Original music collections published by GIA include “Building Up the Kingdom,” featuring the single “Worthy God,” and his recent collection, “Honey from the Rock, Vol. 1 – 4.” He has played for the Broadway productions of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and the Tony award winning show, Memphis. In November 2016 Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Roger with the Pierre Toussaint Medal for service.

Degree(s)

  • Other, Theology, Union Theological Seminary, 2012
  • MM, Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 1991
  • BM, Music Education, Westminster Choir College, 1988

Professional Affiliations

  • American Choral Directors Association
  • National Association of Pastoral Musicians
  • Gospel Music Workshop of America

Performances

Agnus Dei

This work was commissioned by the Thurston G. Frazier Memorial Chorale in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc.

  • USA
Magnificat

A concert setting of the Magnificat, written for Mixed Choir, piano and rhythm section.

  • State College, PA

Presentations

  • Sing As Wayfarers Do: Move, But Keep On Singing! (Part II) Hospitality Begins at Home
  • Sing to the Lord: Music in Catholic Worship For the Whole Church

Awards

  • Pierre Toussaint Medallion , Archdiocese of New York
  • Excellence in Ethnomusicology Award, Colorado Gospel Music Academy & Hall of Fame