Union Theological Seminary Student Life



Our two seminary choirs, directed by superb musicians, participate weekly in noon chapel. Our choir directors are “artists-in-residence,” in recognition of their substantial professional experience and breadth of training.

Students may sing in the choirs as many semesters as they wish and may also enroll for credit for a single semester. 

Union Seminary Gospel Choir

Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.
M. Roger Holland II, Director

Directed by M. Roger Holland II – composer, pianist, and singer – the Gospel Choir sings a wide range of traditional and contemporary music from the African American church.  The Gospel Choir sings in chapel on Wednesdays at noon and rehearses afterward from 1:00-2:00.

Welcome Table: a mass of spirituals, recently composed by Holland with Kim R. Harris, is being published by GIA Publications.  Both Welcome Table and Mr. Holland’s own mass, Sound of My People, are included in the soon to be published black Catholic hymnal, Lead Me Guide Me, Second Edition.  Mr. Holland studied at Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music and recently graduated with an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, 2012.

Union Seminary Choir

Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Penna Rose, Director

Directed by Penna Rose, the Seminary Choir sings old and new music from the sacred music tradition but may also venture to Sweet Honey in the Rock, Meredith Monk, or a show tune.  The Seminary Choir sings in Monday chapels and also rehearses 1:00-2:00 p.m. on the same day.

Ms. Rose is also Director of Chapel Music at Princeton, where she oversees the musical program at the University Chapel and directs the 80-member Chapel Choir. Ms. Rose has conducted at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall in New York as well as on Broadway. Ms. Rose holds degrees from Michigan State University and Union Theological Seminary, SSM 1968.

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