About Us

Our Mission

Welcome to "If Music Be the Food..."!

"If Music Be the Food..." is a series of benefit concerts which raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Our mission also includes teaching music students about the importance of community service via their art. Each concert is a fully grass-roots community event involving professionals, students, and local volunteers in joyful collaboration. We are striving to address nourishment in all of its forms; our bodies need it in the form of food and our souls need it in the form of music and community!

"If Music Be the Food..." is a completely volunteer endeavor. All of the musicians donate their services, the venues donate the space and print the programs free of charge, and the community, students, and local volunteers assist with publicity, stage management, and anything else that needs to happen for each concert. There is no fixed price for admission, rather, the audience is invited to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations of any amount for the partnering food bank. IMBTF is not a 501c3; the only money exchanging hands goes directly to the partnering food bank.

Founded in 2009 by violist Carol Rodland in Rochester, NY, IMBTF has become a national musicians' movement, with wonderful artists across the country creating projects based upon this idea in their own communities. The complete Shakespeare quote from Twelfth Night captures fully the IMBTF ethos: "If music be the food of love, play on!" Music, food, love...it is all here in what we are doing together with each IMBTF concert.

Below is a listing of current "If Music Be the Food..." series, each with its own Artistic Director and its own partnering food bank. By sharing this simple web site and committing to a 100% volunteer operation, we can ensure that all monies and food items gathered go directly to our neighbors in the community who are struggling with food insecurity. IMBTF teaches us that by coming together in joyful generosity to share our resources, talents, and time, we can truly make a difference in our communities.

Food insecurity is an ongoing problem for so many people in our country. Please be in touch if you wish to help with future concerts, or if you wish to start a branch of IMBTF in your own community. You can email Carol Rodland directly at: rodlandce@aol.com to discuss how you can help.


  • Baltimore Series

    Lior Willinger, Artistic Director

    Hannah Emigh-Doyle, Christian Paquette, and Matthew Stiens, Staff

    IMBTF Baltimore began its series in 2016. All concerts benefit the Maryland Food Bank. The IMBTF Baltimore Maryland Food Bank direct donation page (donations may be made at any time) is https://mdfoodbank.fenly.org/drive/music/. For more information, email ifmusicbethefoodbaltimore@gmail.com.

  • 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.

  • Dickinson Series

    Kelsey K. Rogers, Artistic Director

    Joel Walters, Administrative Liaison

    Susie Kapelowitz, Amen food Pantry director

    Please welcome another addition to the IMBTF concert series in Dickinson, North Dakota. For more information, contact Artistic Director Kelsey Rogers. All concerts benefit the AMEN Food Pantry.

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

  • August 09, 2019 / 7 PM

    Kelsey K. Rogers, soprano, and Brent Rogers, piano

    St. John Lutheran Church, 146 6th Avenue West, Dickinson, ND

  • February 01, 2020 / 7 PM

    Jazz night, featuring Dakota Jazz and the DSU Jazz Ensemble

    St. John Lutheran Church 146 6th Avenue West Dickinson, ND

  • Gettysburg Series

    Adam Cordle, Artistic Director

    All concerts will benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. For more information, email acordle@gettysburg.edu.

  • November 03, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program TBA

    Gettysburg College: Paul Recital Hall 250 N Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • February 02, 2020 / 4 PM


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

  • April 19, 2020 / 4 PM


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

  • Grace Church NYC Series

    Dr. Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers

    The audience is encouraged to bring a dry food good or toiletry for the needy of New York City. Concerts will be held at Grace Church New York, 802 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. Please visit http://www.gracechurchnyc.org for more information.

  • https://music.gracechurchnyc.org/bach-at-noon/
  • https://music.gracechurchnyc.org/weekend-organ-meditations/
  • https://music.gracechurchnyc.org/special-musical-events/
  • Lansing Series

    Christina Adams, Artistic Director

    Rev. Karen Lewis and Timothy Flynn, Hosts and Event Coordinators

    David Solorio, Development Officer & Liaison for Greater Lansing Food Bank

    Concerts benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. For more information, email christina.adams.vln@gmail.com.

  • September 22, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program includes works by female composers, including Fanny Mendelssohn's D minor Trio, Op. 11 and by contemporary composers TBA 

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Lansing 218 West Ottawa St. Lansing, MI 48933

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Series

    Sasha Ferreira, Artistic Director

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

  • New York City Series

    Carol Rodland, Artistic Director

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

    Gabrielle Mizrahi, City Harvest Liaison

    All concerts take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute: 43A West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

    Suggested admission to all concerts: monetary donations of any amount or non-perishable food items for City Harvest. Donations can be made online at any time through http://fundraise.cityharvest.org/goto/IfMusicBetheFoodNYC or may be brought directly to the concert. Please visit http://www.tenri.org for more information.

  • September 29, 2019 / 4 PM

    Faculty and students from the Juilliard School, faculty from the Manhattan School of Music, and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra perform French Masterworks.

    Debussy String Quartet in g minor, Opus 10 performed by the Abeo Quartet: Ludvig Gudim and Njioma Grevious, violins, James Kang, viola, Drew Cone, cello
    Louis Vierne Quintet for Piano and Strings, opus 42 performed by Warren Jones, piano, Tal First and Mitsuru Yonezaki, violins, Carol Rodland, viola, David Heiss, cello

    Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City

  • February 16, 2020 / 4 PM

    Faculty and students from the Juilliard School collaborate in works of Mahler and Mendelssohn.

    Gustav Mahler Rückert Lieder performed by Will Socolof, bass-baritone, Lydia Brown, piano
    Felix Mendelssohn Quintet Nr. 2 for Strings in B-flat Major, opus 87 performed by Laurie Smukler and TBA, violins, Carol Rodland and Sergio Muñoz Leiva, violas, Natasha Brofsky, cello

    Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City

  • March 22, 2020 / 4 PM

    Celebrating the 335th Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Juilliard studios of Natasha Brofsky and Carol Rodland

    Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City

  • Pittsburgh Series

    Lorien Benet Hart, Artistic Director

    Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Food Bank Beneficiary: 412 Food Rescue (412 Food Rescue.org). For more information contact Artistic Director Loren Benet Hart.

  • September 15, 2019 / 7:00 PM

    Pieces for "Phillip Jones" Brass Ensemble: Micah Wilkinson, Charles Lirette, Neal Berntsen, Cahd Winkler, Trumpet; William Cabellero, French Horn; Peter Sullivan, Rebecca Cherian, James Nova, Jeff Dee, Trombone; Craig Knox, Tuba; Andrew Reamer, percussion.

    David Stock : 3 Yiddish Songs for String Quartet and Soprano with Kathy Soroka, soprano. Lorien Benet Hart and Claudia Mahave, violins; Karissa Shivone, cello, TBA Viola.

    Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D 956 with Jeremy Black and Justine Lamb-Budge violins, Andrew Wickesberg, viola, and Michael DeBruyn and Alexandra Thompson, cellos.

    All proceeds to benefit 412 Food Rescue

    Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

  • January 26, 2020 / 7 PM

    Mozart – Duo for Violin and Viola, K423

    Andrew Fuller – violin
    Laura Fuller – viola

    Mozart/Tribensee – Don Giovanni (arr. For Wind Ensemble)

    Max Blair, Kyle Mustain – oboe
    Ron Samuels, Jack Howell – clarinet
    David Sogg, James Rogers – bassoon
    Mark Houghton, Robert Lauver – french horn

    Mozart -- String Quartet TBA

    Irene Cheng, Kristina Yoder – violin
    Marylene Gingras-Roy – viola
    TBA cello

    Beth El Congregation of the South Hills 1900 Cochran Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15220

  • April 23, 2020 / 7 PM


    Waverly Presbyterian Church 590 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221

  • Rochester Series

    Mimi Hwang, Artistic Director

    Robert Poovey and Peter DuBois, Administrative Liaisons

    Mark Dwyer, Foodlink Liaison

    Suggested admission to all concerts: monetary donations of any amount and non-perishable food items for Foodlink. For more information, contact Artistic Director Mimi Hwang.

  • October 20, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Selections curated by Professor Katherine Ciesinski. Dvorak String Quintet with Wendy Sharp and Julie Kim, violins, Marka Gustavsson and Carol Rodland, violas, Mimi Hwang, cello

    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 25 Westminster Road Rochester, NY 14607

  • January 26, 2020 / 7:30 PM

    Selections performed by Peter Dubois, organ and Grace Browning, Harp.

    Pete Kurau, horn: Mozart, A Musical Joke & Telemann Suite Overture
    Elinor Freer and David Ying: Brahms Sonata in F for Cello and Piano

    Third Presbyterian Church 4 Meigs Street Rochester, NY 14607

  • April 19, 2020 / 7:30 PM

    Professor Nicholas Goluses: Castelnuova-Tedesca Guitar Quintet. Selections performed by Professor Itamar Zorman, violin and Professor Alan Chow, piano

    St Paul’s Episcopal Church 25 Westminster Road Rochester, NY 14607

  • Sarasota Series

    Jack Gallahan, Artistic Director

    Jonathan Spivey, Assistant

    Genevieve Beauchamp, Assistant

    For more information, email Artistic Director Jack Gallahan. Suggested admission is monetary donations of any amount or non-perishable food items for the Church of the Palms Food Pantry. For Food Pantry information contact Kathy Robinett or call 941-924-1323.

  • Syracuse Series

    Lucas Button, Artistic Director

    Suggested admission: monetary donations of any amount and non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Central New York.

    For more information, email button.lucas@gmail.com.

  • Tampa Series

    Scott Kluksdahl and Michelle Jade Painter, Artistic Directors

    Tom Safko, Tampa Bay Harvest, President

    All concerts to benefit Tampa Bay Harvest: info@tampabayharvest.org. Concerts will be held at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church or Seminole Heights Garden Center. For more information, email Scott Kluksdahl or Michelle Jade Painter or call (813) 727-2522.

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  • Tucson Series

    Candice Amato, Artistic Director

    Stella Ede, Interfaith Community Food Bank Liaison

    Musicians from major performing arts organizations in Tucson, Arizona, come together at these concerts to benefit the Interfaith Community Services Foodbank. As with all IMBTF concerts, audience members are asked to bring donations for the food bank as the price of admission. Note that there will be a venue change this year and concerts will be held at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St, Tucson AZ. Please email Candice Amato for further information at c.n.amato@gmail.com.

  • Vancouver Series

    Katherine Evans, Artistic Director and Co-manager

    Angelique Po, Co-manager

    Two concerts will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow St. Vancouver, BC V6E 1X2. For the Central Presbyterian concerts, we are working with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. There will also be additional IMBTF Vancouver concerts on the campus of University of British Columbia. UBC has a student run campus food bank that we will partner with called the UBC AMS Food Bank. For more information, email Katherine Evans (604-828-3652), or Angelique Po (604-928-8604).

  • Washington, D.C. Series

    Karl Robson, Artistic Director

    Suggested admission to all IMBTF Washington DC concerts: monetary donations of any amount or non-perishable food items for Capital Area Food Bank.
    Donations can be made online at any time through https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/donate-food/ or may be brought directly to the concert. For more information, contact Artistic Director Karl Robson.

    Concerts will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

  • October 14, 2019 / 7 PM

    TBA; students and faculty organists from St Olaf College

    St John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish 6701 Wisconsin Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815