About Us

Our Mission

"If Music Be the Food..." is a series of benefit concerts whose mission is to increase awareness and support, through the sharing of great music, for people in the local community who are struggling with food insecurity, 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. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations 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 and all proceeds go directly to Rochester's Foodlink.

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, launched IMBTF Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Organist Peggy Hsiao has also been presenting an annual an "Bach’s Lunch" "If Music Be the Food..." event 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. In 2016, pianist Lior Willinger launched IMBTF Baltimore, singer Kelsey Rogers launched IMBTF Dickinson, and violist and Eastman alum Adam Cordle launched IMBTF Gettysburg. 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.

Concerts

  • Rochester Series

    Carol Rodland, Founder and Artistic Director

    Robert Poovey and Peter DuBois, Administrative Liasons

    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.

  • Season 8

  • Concert One

    October 23, 2016 / 7:30 PM

    "If Music Be the Food..." concert featuring Gabriel Pierne "Variations libres et Finale", op 51 for flute, violin, viola, cello, and harp: Bonita Boyd, flute, Grace Wong, harp, Mihai Tetel, cello, Carol Rodland, viola, and Renée Jolles, violin; Beethoven String Quartet, opus 74 “The Harp”: Amenda Quartet: Patricia Sunwoo and David Brickman, violins, Melissa Matson, viola, and Mimi Hwang, cello; Selections from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin: curated by Katherine Ciesinski with Eastman students

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

  • Concert Two

    January 29, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    "If Music Be the Food..." concert featuring Mozart Quintet for Strings in G Minor, K516: Robin Scott and Thomas Koichi Rogers, violins, special guest artist Kim Kashkashian, viola, Carol Rodland, viola, and Ahrim Kim, cello; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, making his IMBTF debut, repertoire TBA; JS Bach, Brandenburg Concerto Number 5 in D Major, BWV 1050; Renée Jolles, violin, Bonita Boyd, flute, Edoardo Bellotti, harpsichord (IMBTF debut) with Eastman students, TBA

    Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY

  • Concert Three

    April 30, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    "If Music Be the Food..." concert featuring String Celebration: Cello Trios with Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, and Benjamin Doane; Eastman Viola Ensemble, selections TBA; Ying Quartet with Carol Rodland, viola, selections TBA

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

  • Tampa Series

    Scott Kluksdahl, Artistic Director

    IMBTF Tampa began its series in 2012. All proceeds benefit Tampa Bay Harvest and Feed-a-Bull University Food Pantry. For more information, email snkluksdahl@aol.com or call (813) 727-2522.

  • Concert One (postponed)

    November 18, 2016 / new date and time TBD

    Beethoven Symphony Number 5 with the USF Orchestra. All proceeds benefit Feed-A-Bull University Food Pantry. Important Note: A new date/time will be announced for this concert - this concert is postponed.

    University of South Florida Campus

  • Concert Two

    February 12, 2017 / 2 PM

    Program TBD. All proceeds will benefit Tampa Bay Harvest.

    St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 509 East Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida

  • 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.

  • Concert One

    October 01, 2016 / 7PM

    Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello (transcribed for viola) in C Major, Gliere: 8 Pieces for Violin and Cello, op. 39, and Haydn: String Quartet in G Major op. 77 no. 1. Performers are Sarah Toy, Joseph Rousos-Hammond, Michael Simmons, Samantha Bounkuea, Emily Nolan, Ian Jones, and Candy Amato.

    Rincon Congregational UCC, 122 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ

  • March 26, 2017 / 3 PM

    TBD

    Rincon Congregational UCC, 122 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ

  • Dickinson Series

    Kelsey K. Rogers, Artistic Director

    Please welcome another addition to the IMBTF concert series in Dickinson, North Dakota. Concerts will be held at St John's Lutheran Church, 146 6th Ave W, Dickinson, ND 58601. Contact Kelsey Rogers for further information at kelseykrogers@gmail.com.


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

  • Concert One

    August 12, 2016 / 7PM

    TBD

    Beck Auditorium, Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota 58601

  • Baltimore Series

    Lior Willinger, Artistic Director

    Beverly Wu, General Manager

    IMBTF Baltimore began its series in 2016. Faculty and students from the Peabody Conservatory collaborate to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. For more information, email ifmusicbethefoodbaltimore@gmail.com.

  • Party of Three

    May 07, 2016 / 8 PM

    This inaugural concert will celebrate the beauty and joy of trio music-making. Peabody faculty members Phillip Kolker, Yong Hi Moon, and Sandra Lisicky will be featured as well as Trio Phoenix, one of Peabody's Honors Ensembles, and several “rising star” students. Please come enjoy Mt. Vernon's FlowerMart taking place during the day and then join us for this high-octane program of Poulenc, De Mey, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Strauss II at night. The program includes Francis Poulenc/Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, Thierry De Mey/Musique de Tables, Ludwig van Beethoven/Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3, Antonin Dvorak/Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”, and Johann Strauss II/Hofbauer - Künstlerleben (An Artist's Life).

    St. Ignatius Church, 740 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • Gettysburg Series (New in Fall 2016!)

    Adam Cordle, Artistic Director

    Concerts will be held at Gettysburg College, 300 N Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA. All concerts will benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. For more information, email adam.cordle@gmail.com.

  • Perspectives Françaises

    October 30, 2016 / 4 PM

    Music for viola and piano by French women composers of the early twentieth century – Nadia Boulanger, Fernande Decruck, and Marcelle Soulage.

    Paul Recital Hall, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, 17325

  • Trio Alexander

    January 28, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp; Jacques Ibert, Deux Interludes; Elizabeth Poston, Trio Maurice Ravel, Sonatine; Toru Takemitsu, And Then I Knew 'Twas Wind. Performed by the Trio Alexander: Caroline Sonett, flute, Adam Paul Cordle, viola, Rosanna Moore, harp

    Gettysburg College – Paul Recital Hall