About Us

Our Mission

"If Music Be the Food..." is a benefit concert series created by Carol Rodland in Rochester, New York in 2009. The mission of the series is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the community through the sharing of classical music and to teach music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities. 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. 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 cash donations for Rochester’s 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 and print the concert programs free of charge.

Cellist Scott Kluksdahl, renowned performer and Professor of Cello at the University of South Florida, began an "If Music Be the Food..." series in Tampa, Florida in 2012 and in 2015 Candice Amato, Eastman alum and member of the Tucson Symphony, launched an "If Music Be the Food..." series in Tucson, Arizona. In 2016, Soprano Kelsey Rogers started an "If Music Be the Food..." series in Dickinson, North Dakota. Organist Peggy Hsiao also presents an annual "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..." 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. If you wish to start a branch of "If Music Be the Food..." in your own community, please contact us at rodlandce@aol.com.


  • 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.

  • Concert One

    October 18, 2015 / 7:30PM

    "If Music Be The Food..." Concert Series. Leclair Sonata for Two Violins performed by Heidi Brodwin and Lara Sipols; French Arias with featured “obbligato” instruments performed by Katherine Ciesinski and Eastman students; Dvorak Piano Quartet in E-flat Major performed by Mikhail Kopelman, violin, Carol Rodland, viola, Steven Doane, cello, and Anna Gourfinkel, piano

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

  • Concert Two

    January 24, 2016 / 7:30PM

    "If Music Be The Food..." Concert Series. Mozart g minor String Quintet performed by Robin Scott and Thomas Rodgers, violins, Carol Rodland and George Taylor, violas, Ahrim Kim, cello; works of Haydn and Mozart for solo piano performed by Douglas Humpherys; excerpts from Mozart’s Gran Partita, conducted by Mark Powell with James Van Demark, bass, and Eastman students

    Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY

  • Concert Three

    May 02, 2016 / 7:30PM

    "If Music Be The Food..." Concert Series. Janacek "Kreutzer Sonata" performed by the Ying Quartet; selections from Brahms Magelone Lieder performed by Jan Opalach, baritone and Ted Taylor, piano; Concerto in F for Organ and Strings, Op. 4 No. 5 performed by Robert Poovey, organ, Wendy Toh and Ji-Yeon Lee, violins, Sergio Muñoz, viola, and Lucas Button, cello; Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” for organ duo, performed by Robert Poovey and Karl Robson

    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, 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. For more information, email snkluksdahl@aol.com or call (813) 727-2522.

  • Concert One

    November 22, 2015 / 2 PM

    Program TBD. All proceeds will benefit Tampa Bay Harvest.

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

  • Concert Two

    February 07, 2016 / 2 PM

    Music by Mozart, Britten, Rheinberger, Cowell and more. Artists include the Stuart-Ivanov Duo; Edevaldo Mulla, Cello; Charles Evans, Baritone; Michael Hunter, Organ; Nina Kim, Violin; Helga Winold, Cello. 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 at Rincon UCC

    September 26, 2015 / 7PM

    Brahms' Cello Sonata in E Minor: Anne Gratz, cello and Michael Dauphinais, piano; "Anatolia" for English horn and String Trio, by Tucson-based composer Michael Simmons (premiere): Cat Cantrell, English horn, Joseph Rousos Hammond, violin, Joseph Pagán, viola, and Michael Simmons, cello; Schubert's String Quintet in C Major: Joseph Rousos-Hammond & Klara Wojtkowska, violins, Robert Chamberlain and Michael Simmons, cellos, and Candy Amato, viola

    Rincon United Church of Christ (122 North Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ)

  • Concert at Rincon UCC

    March 19, 2016 / 7 PM

    IMBTF Concert, program TBD.

    Rincon 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.

  • First Concert

    February 07, 2016 / 2 PM

    Music by Delibes, Spohr, Sibelius, Saint-Saens, and more! Artists include faculty from Dickinson State University. All proceeds will benefit the Amen Food Pantry.

    St John's Lutheran Church, 146 6th Ave W, Dickinson, North Dakota, 58601

  • Baltimore Series

    Lior Willinger, Artistic Director

    Beverly Wu, General Manager

    The newest addition to the IMBTF concert series is Baltimore, Maryland! The Artistic Director is Lior Willinger and the General Manager is Beverly Wu. Concerts will benefit the Maryland Food Bank. For more information, email ifmusicbethefoodbaltimore@gmail.com.

  • Party of Three

    May 07, 2016 / 8PM

    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