New York City Labor Chorus: How Can We Keep From Singing?

The NYC Labor Chorus has been singing for peace and justice for over 30 years. At this very perilous time we will continue to carry this message of hope into the public arena.

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Thirty Years by Tom Karlson (NYC Labor Chorus, bass section)
thirty years of singing
songs of labor, civil rights, women’s rights 
songs to fight the horrors of war
nuclear war, drone war, all war
singing to save mother earth
songs from gospel 
songs for marching, the picket line
sweet songs of labor and love
three decades of battling injustice with song 
the new york city labor chorus


Jana Ballard has been on the music faculty at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts since 2007. At LaGuardia High School Ms. Ballard conducts both the Senior Chorus and Women’s Chorus and teaches group voice classes and music history. She served as the Repertoire & Standards Senior High School Chair for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Dirctors Association from 2012-2016. Ms. Ballard frequently serves as a guest conductor and clinician for honors choirs. In addition she has served as a clinician and guest pedagogue with the Metropolitan Opera Education Program. Ms Ballard also conducts the Christ Church Community Youth Choir at New Brighton Episcopal Church in Staten Island. Prior to teaching in NYC, Ms. Ballard taught in Kentucky for eight years where she was a high school choral director and private voice instructor.

Dennis Nelson is a keyboardist, songwriter and arranger from Brooklyn. He is the organist and choir director for Trinity Baptist Church, and has served a musician for other churches in the tri-state area. Hi the keyboardist for several musical aggregations, including The New Hope Ensemble, Instrumental Sounds of Praise and Just Friends, and is affiliated, as an ASCAP songwriter, with the Hallmarx Music Group. Since 2008, Dennis has been one of the accompanists for “Call Mr. Robeson”, the award-winning play about the life of Paul Robeson.