About Us

Our Mission

“If Music Be the Food…” is a benefit concert series created by Carol Rodland in 2009. The mission of the series is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the community through classical music performances of the highest caliber and to teach music students the importance of utilizing their art as a powerful vehicle for change. Members of the Eastman 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. All participants in every aspect of this endeavor volunteer their services and pay their own costs, so that all proceeds can go directly to the hungry via Rochester’s Foodlink. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for Foodlink as the price of admission.

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 free of charge.

Cellist Scott Kluksdahl has now launched an “If Music Be the Food…” series in Tampa, Florida, and violist Kim Kashkashian’s “Music for Food” initiative in Boston is also based on this concept. There is also a series being created now in New Haven, Connecticut. We encourage as many people as possible to create series based on this model in their own communities, as the issue of hunger continues to grow exponentially.


  • Rochester Series

    Carol Rodland, Artistic Director and Robert Poovey, Administrative Liason

    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, must 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.

  • Strauss Birthday Celebration

    October 19, 2014 / 7:30 PM

    Capriccio: String Sextet Version: Oleh Krysa, violin, Carol Rodland, viola, Rosemary Elliot, cello, and Eastman students; Sonata for Cello and Piano with David Ying, cello and Elinor Freer, piano; Vocal Selections tba, organized by Katherine Ciesinski

    St Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd (at East Avenue), Rochester, NY

  • January 25, 2015 / 7:30 PM

    Federico Agostini and Eri Noda, violins, and Carol Rodland, viola: Dvorak Terzetto; Natalya Antonova, piano (rep tba); Vocal selections featuring Robert Swenson and Kathryn Cowdrick, with Eastman students, and Peter DuBois, piano

    Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St (at East Avenue), Rochester, NY

  • May 08, 2015 / 7:30 PM

    JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto 4 featuring Bonita Boyd, Renee Jolles, and Robert Poovey, with Eastman students; Brahms G major String Sextet with Ying Quartet, Keiko Ying, and Carol Rodland

    St Paul's Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY

  • Tampa Series

    Scott Kluksdahl, Artistic Director

    The following events are part of the "If Music Be the Food.." concert series in Tampa, FL, and will benefit Tampa Bay Harvest. All concerts will take place at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL. Call 727-538-7777 for more information.

  • All Brahms

    February 09, 2014 / 2 PM

    Featuring Brahms’ Clarinet Trio and Liebeslieder Waltzes

    Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL.

  • Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

    June 01, 2014 / 2 PM

    Featuring members of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra performing various chamber works

    Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL.

  • Boston Series

    Music for Food is a Boston-based musicians’ initiative for hunger relief. Each Music for Food benefit concert brings gifted young artists and internationally celebrated musicians together to inspire audiences to pass on the musical gift they receive.