Great music and performances have been a part of the NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference for many years, and 2021’s virtual event is no different.

Watch the full playlist on YouTube, or check out the individual performances below.


The Broughton High School Dance Company (Raleigh, NC) created this piece for the conference, inspired by the words of nutrition professionals and conference attendees.

Choreography and filming by: Betsy Graves and students
Performed by: Stella Brandon, Nick Buynitzky, Riley Campbell, Britton Cleveland, Sundin Cole, Ava Cook, Ginny Dempster, Emma Dobek, Kate Ergenzinger, Lilly Gornto, Ainsley Mesnard, Earlene Riggins, Kylie Venticinque, Cassie Wheeler, Ashley Williamson
Editing by: Betsy Graves, Lilly Gornto and Cassie Wheeler

Rissi Palmer

Musician Rissi Palmer introduced two song performances — “Seeds” and “Barley” — that were shared as part of the conference.

Learn more about Rissi Palmer.

Jon Ward Beyle

Musician Jon Ward Beyle recorded two songs for the conference, including a version of “This Land is Your Land” retitled as “No Kid Goes Hungry in Our State” with lyrics written by attendees of the 2019 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference.

Melissa White joins him on one song.

Learn more about Jon Ward Beyle.

“I Dream A World”

Gabriel Yarborough, a high schooler in Raleigh, NC, recites the poem “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes.


Like the NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference, Kidznotes is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Its mission is to change lives through ever-expanding participation in youth orchestras, bands, and choirs. Musicians from Kidznotes have performed at the conference many times.

Felicia Adizue, a middle schooler in Wake County Public School System, performs a solo violin piece.

The Abreu String Quarter performs David Stone’s Miniature Quartet, 1st movement. Its members, all middle schooler in Durham Public Schools, are:

  • Zanadia Diaz-White, violin
  • Colette Charles, violin
  • Taliyah Ragland, viola
  • Emerson Egeghy, cello

Learn more about Kidznotes.

Libby Rodenbough

Musician Libby Rodenbough recorded three “old time tunes” for the conference. She is joined on banjo by Wilson Greene.

Learn more about Libby Rodenbough.