M. Roger Holland, II    is 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. In November 2016 Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Roger with the Pierre Toussaint Medal for service.

The Magnificat, also known as the Canticle of Mary, is one of the oldest songs or hymns in the Bible, whose text is found in the Gospel of Luke. This liturgical setting of the Magnificat is comprised of a new antiphon to be sung by the gathered assembly, with the verses of the canticle for cantor taken from a previously composed antiphonal setting for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.