Artist-In-Residence, M. Roger Holland, II

Photo: Alvin Jones

Artist-in-residence M. Roger Holland, II is a 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 toured nationally and internationally with The Boys Choir of Harlem, working with them as a conductor, pianist, instructor and arranger for several of their recordings. 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.

We are honored to welcome Roger as our artist-in-residence.


  • M.Div., 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