Mr. M. Roger Holland, III is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary where he received the Master of Divinity degree. He also holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Master’s in Piano Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, majoring 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 was 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. He is the Minister of Worship and Christian Arts at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, NY.
Currently, Roger is Artist in Residence at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and directs their Gospel Choir. 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 and at 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.