About Us

Our Mission

"If Music Be the Food..." is a series of benefit concerts whose mission is to raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music, and to teach music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities. All participants in every aspect of the endeavor volunteer their services and pay their own costs, so that all proceeds can go directly to the hungry via the partnering food bank. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring monetary donations or non-perishable food items for the partnering food bank as the price of admission. Created by violist Carol Rodland in Rochester, New York, in 2009, "If Music Be the Food..." is rapidly becoming a national musicians' movement.

In Rochester, members of the Eastman School of Music faculty, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, other local professional musicians, distinguished international guests, and Eastman students join together and donate their talents and time for these concerts. Rochester’s St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with the assistance of its Director of Music Robert Poovey, hosts two of each season's three concerts. The remaining concert is hosted by Third Presbyterian Church of Rochester with the help of its Director of Music, Peter DuBois. These two churches generously host these concerts and print the concert programs free of charge. All proceeds go directly to Rochester’s Foodlink. Carol Rodland was IMBTF Rochester's Artistic Director for its first eight seasons, and cellist Mimi Hwang took over as Artistic Director in Fall 2017.

Cellist Scott Kluksdahl, renowned performer and Professor of Cello at the University of South Florida, began IMBTF Tampa in Tampa, Florida in 2012. In 2015 Candice Amato, Eastman alum and member of the Tucson Symphony, established IMBTF Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. In 2016, pianist Lior Willinger launched IMBTF Baltimore, singer Kelsey Rogers launched IMBTF Dickinson, and violist and Eastman alum Adam Cordle launched IMBTF Gettysburg. In 2017, violinist Sasha Ferreira launched IMBTF Mississippi Gulf Coast and violinist Harumi Rhodes launched IMBTF Boulder. Organist Peggy Hsiao has presented "Bach's Lunch" "If Music Be the Food…" events at the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, New Jersey and organist Patrick Allen presents "If Music Be the Food..."-inspired benefit concerts at Grace Church in New York City. Violist Kim Kashkashian's Music for Food initiative in Boston was also inspired by "If Music Be the Food...".

As food insecurity continues to be a serious problem for so many in our country, it is so very important that we donate our time and our talents to aid in the fight against hunger. Please be in touch if you wish to start a branch of "If Music Be the Food..." in your own community: rodlandce@aol.com.


  • Rochester Series

    Mimi Hwang, Artistic Director

    Robert Poovey and Peter DuBois, Administrative Liaisons

    The following events are part of the "If Music Be the Food.." concert series in Rochester, NY. All the musicians donate their services and the audience, rather than purchasing tickets, is invited to bring a food item or donation for Rochester's Foodlink (local food bank). The performers include professionals from the Eastman faculty, the Rochester Philharmonic and some special out of town guests, as well as "rising star" students in collaboration. For more information, email mhwang@esm.rochester.edu.

  • Season 9

  • Concert One

    October 22, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    “If Music Be the Food…” Rochester Series
    Program: Luca Marenzio, Solo e pensoso i piú deserti campi Anne Wilson, Lament (in memory of Matthew Shepard) Eastman Cello Ensemble;
    Michael Laurello, Spine for 3 percussions and piano Eastman Percussionists, Michael Burritt, director;
    Korngold String Sextet, Op. 10 Wendy Sharp and Julie Kim, violins, Marka Gustavsson and Carol Rodland, violas; Mimi Hwang and Rosie Elliott, cellos

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd., Rochester, NY

  • Concert Two

    January 28, 2018 / 7:30 PM

    The program will open with violinist Shannon Nance and cellist Mimi Hwang performing the Glière Duets for violin and cello. Peter Kurau and members of the Eastman French Horn Studio will play a selection of works, including an arrangement of Bach's "Toccata & Fugue." Ending the program is Shostakovich's song cycle, "On Jewish Folk Poetry" with Laura Sanders, Maria Vasilievskaya and Kevin Bryant, members of the voice studio of Katherine Ciesinski. Program: Glière Duets Shannon Nance, violin and Mimi Hwang, cellist
    J.S. Bach Toccata & Fugue Peter Kurau and members of the Eastman Horn Studio;
    Shostakovich “On Jewish Folk Poetry” Laura Sanders, soprano; Maria Vasilievskaya, mezzo-soprano; Kevin Bryant, tenor; members of the voice studio of Katherine Ciesinski

    Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY

  • Concert Three

    April 22, 2018 /

    Program: Beethoven Serenade, Op. 25: Bonita Boyd, flute; Renée Jolles, violin; Masumi Rostad, viola
    Selections by vocalists from the studio of Anthony Dean Griffey
    Mozart Piano Quartet #1, K. 478: Alan Chow, piano; Renée Jolles, violin; Masumi Rostad, viola; Mimi Hwang, cello

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd., Rochester, NY

  • New York City Series

    Carol Rodland, Artistic Director

    Michael Yuge, Host and Executive Director of the Tenri Cultural Institute

    Gabrielle Mizrahi, City Harvest Liaison

    Professionals and students join together to raise awareness and support for the hungry in New York City through the sharing of great music. Our first concert to benefit City Harvest will take place on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011. Students and faculty from the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and alumni of the Perlman Music Program will join together in a beautiful program of Mendelssohn and Brahms. Suggested admission to the concert is a monetary donation or non-perishable food item for City Harvest. Online donations for City Harvest via IMBTF NYC can be made at any time via this link: Donate Now

  • Concert One

    March 16, 2018 / 7:30 PM

    Students and faculty from the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and faculty and alumni from the Perlman Music Program will join together in a beautiful program of Mendelssohn and Brahms.

    Brahms Clarinet Trio, Opus 114:
    Dean LeBlanc, clarinet; David Heiss, cello: Warren Jones, piano
    Mendelssohn Octet, Opus 20:
    Sean Lee, Areta Zhulla, Eric Silberger, and Randall Goosby, violin; Carol Rodland and Sergio Munoz Leiva, viola; Jia Kim and Thapelo Masita, cello

    Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

  • Tampa Series

    Scott Kluksdahl, Artistic Director

    Tom Safko, Tampa Bay Harvest, President

    "If Music Be The Food..." is a collaboration between the Tampa Bay’s local arts institutions, the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, and the Tampa Bay Harvest, in response to reports in the news of increased need for food aid the Tampa Bay community. This is a classical chamber music outreach, arranged by cellist and USF music professor Scott Kluksdahl, that unites artist-musicians of various metropolitan institutions including University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, The Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Opera Tampa, and other Tampa Bay artistic institutions, plus distinguished national guest artists - all of whom join together and donate their services for these concerts. Likewise, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church is donating its facilities and resources for this outreach. Audience members are asked to bring whatever non-perishable food items or cash donations they can offer for Tampa Bay Harvest as the price of admission, if they are able – and otherwise just their presence and support. Every contribution will gratefully be accepted. Every food donation and every cash donation will go completely towards the cause of hunger in the Tampa Bay community. There are no overhead expenses; there are no transactions. This is grass-roots!

    The mission of “If Music Be the Food…” is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in our community through chamber music performances of the highest caliber. "If Music Be the Food..." is part of a national movement within our own community of other prominent institutions in the United States inspired by the Rochester-based initiative. For more information, email snkluksdahl@aol.com or call (813) 727-2522.

  • November 16, 2017 / 8 PM

    This program features a diverse array of beloved chamber music, performed by an array of distinguished performers who call Tampa Bay home, and who represent a variety of civic institutions including The Florida Orchestra, University of Tampa, University of South Florida, and others:

    Johannes Brahms/Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano, Erika Schrauger, clarinet, Grigorios Zamparas, piano, Scott Kluksdahl, cello
    Sergei Rachmaninoff, Songs for Soprano and Piano, Hein Jung, soprano, Grigorios Zamparas, piano
    J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto VI in B-flat Major, Ashton Wade, John Chatterton – viola da amore, Eduard Teregulov, Julia Tretyakova – viola gamba, Caio Diniz – cello, Joseph Fischer - kontrabass

    Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 West San Jose Street (South Tampa)

  • Tucson Series

    Candice Amato, Artistic Director

    Musicians from major performing arts organizations in Tucson, Arizona, come together at these concerts to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. As with all IMBTF concerts, audience members are asked to bring donations for the food bank as the price of admission. Please call Candice Amato for further information: 520-448-7458.

  • November 18, 2017 / 7 PM

    Sonata for Two Cellos in G Major, Jean-Baptiste Barriére, performed by Ian Jones and Marybeth Brown-Plambeck
    Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 11, No. 4, Paul Hindemith, performed by Candy Amato and Yasmin Alami
    String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Joseph Haydn, performed by the University of Arizona Graduate String Quartet
    Donations will go to the ICS Food Bank.

    Rincon UCC (Broadway & Craycroft)

  • Dickinson Series

    Kelsey K. Rogers, Artistic Director

    Please welcome another addition to the IMBTF concert series in Dickinson, North Dakota. Contact Kelsey Rogers for further information at kelseykrogers@gmail.com.

    The first concert of this series was a great success, you can read more about it here.

  • A Warmth in Winter's Chill

    February 25, 2018 / 7 PM

    Featuring excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, a set of Swedish songs about summer by Hugo Alfven, music from oratorios, solo piano and horn music, as well as a performance of popular music by The Prairie Rose Chorus.

    St. John Lutheran Church, 146 6th Ave W., Dickinson, ND

  • Baltimore Series

    Lior Willinger, Artistic Director

    Beverly Wu, General Manager

    IMBTF Baltimore began its series in 2016. All concerts benefit the Maryland Food Bank. For more information, email ifmusicbethefoodbaltimore@gmail.com.

  • Concert

    October 25, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    World-class musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Maryland come together for this concert to increase awareness and support for the hungry.

    Le Api by Antonino Pasculli (1842-1924): Lydia Consilvio, oboe, Lior Willinger, piano
    Wind Quintet, Op. 10 by Pavel Haas (1899-1944), Wind Quintet No. 1 by Jean Françaix (1912-1997): University of Maryland Fellowship Woodwind Quintet (Naomi Harrow, flute, Lydia Consilvio, oboe, Natalie Groom, clarinet, Derek Maseloff, horn, Qun (Jimmy) Ren, bassoon)
    Piano Quartet in E flat major, K. 493 by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Holly Jenkins, violin, Jacob Shack, viola, Tzu-Jou Yeh, cello, Lior Willinger, piano

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church 811 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Concert

    April 18, 2018 / 7:30

    Musicians from Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church 811 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Gettysburg Series

    Adam Cordle, Artistic Director

    Concerts will be held at Gettysburg College, 250 N Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA. All concerts will benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. For more information, email acordle@gettysburg.edu.

  • Concert One

    October 15, 2017 / 4 PM

    Violist and IMBTF Gettysburg Artistic Director Adam Paul Cordle, Saxophonist Amanda Heim, Pianist Jocelyn Swigger, and local student violinists Léo Goubet-McCall, Paige Kriel, and Ayaka Sato will perform works by Béla Bartók, Tigran Mansurian, and Marin Marais.

    Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 20 West High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert Two

    January 21, 2018 / 4 PM

    Gettysburg College faculty Susan Hochmiller Marx, Jocelyn Swigger, Ari Isaacman-Beck, Adam Cordle, and Daniel Levitov will be joined by students Kelly Reymann, Isaac Hawkins, and Edward Holmes in performances of works by Mozart, Schubert, Simons, and Gettysburg's own Buzz Jones.

    Paul Recital Hall Gettysburg College: Sunderman Conservatory of Music 250 N Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert Three

    April 22, 2018 /


    Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Chapel 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Series

    Sasha Ferreira, Artistic Director

    For more information, call 601-467-4347 or email sashaferreira@gmail.com.

  • Concert One

    May 07, 2017 / 6 PM

    Don't miss a magical night of music as string professionals and blossoming students merge their talents to bring you a beautiful, uplifting performance that helps support a worthy community cause. All proceeds to benefit the Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen.

    Magnolia Hall at Florence Gardens, 12321 Preservation Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503

  • Boulder Series

    Harumi Rhodes, Artistic Director

    Ejaye Gilbert, Volunteer Manager (she will attend and speak at the concert on Oct 1!)

    For more information, email harumirhodes@gmail.com.

  • Concert One

    October 01, 2017 / 7 PM

    Program will include Bartok Duos with Harumi Rhodes and Alessandra Jennings, violins, and Matthew Dane and Carol Rodland, violas, with University of Colorado Boulder students and the Faure c minor piano quartet with Jennifer Hayghe, piano, Harumi Rhodes, violin, Carol Rodland, viola, and Matthew Zalkind, cello
    Partners: Sara Parkinson, Music Director and Rev. Mary Kate Réjouis, Rector. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/st-aidans-episcopal-church-boulder-co.
    All benefits will proceed the Harvest for Hope food pantry, http://hopepantry.org/.

    St Aidan's Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302