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Holland, M. Roger II

M. Roger Holland, II is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Master's Degree in Piano Performance. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he majored in Music Education with a concentration in piano and voice. He has toured nationally and internationally with The Boys Choir of Harlem and has worked with them as a conductor, pianist, instructor and arranger for several of their recordings. Roger served as Minister of Music at Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York for 12 years and is Liturgical Music Consultant for the New York Archdiocese Office of Black Ministry and Music Director for their special masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Most recently he served as the Minister of Worship and Christian Arts at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York. He has accompanied several local groups, including the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble and has played for the Broadway production of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple. As a clinician, he has presented workshops at numerous jazz festivals, McDonald's Gospelfest, local churches 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 for their 9th Annual competition and gala; and The Tribulation Suite, a 4 movement work based on Negro Spirituals.