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.


  • 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.

  • Season 10

  • Concert 1

    October 28, 2018 / 7:30 PM

    Program includes: Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano and the Ying Quartet with Mimi Hwang, cello, and Carol Rodland, viola

    St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) Rochester, NY 14607

  • Concert 2

    January 27, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Program includes: Jan Opalach, bass-baritone, Peter Dubois, organ, the Amenda Quartet. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street (at East Avenue) Rochester, NY 14607

  • Concert 3

    April 28, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Program includes: Mozart Horn Quintet with Peter Kurau, Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, and the Arensky Piano Trio with Elinor Freer, piano; Shannon Nance, violin; Mimi Hwang, cello. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) Rochester, NY 14607

  • 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.

  • Concert 1

    September 16, 2018 / 4 PM

    The Neubauer-McDermott Family (Kerry McDermott, Violin, member of the New York Philharmonic; Paul Neubauer, Viola, member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Juilliard faculty; their children Oliver and Clara Neubauer, Violins; assisted by Jun Cho, Piano) performing works of Bach, Bartok, O’Connor, Sarasate, Dancla, and Dobon

    Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor (Eastman School of Music Faculty and Metropolitan Opera soloist); Warren Jones, Piano (Manhattan School of Music Faculty); Carol Rodland, Viola performing Frank Bridge’s Three Songs for Tenor, Viola, and Piano

    New Amsterdam Consort (Seula Lee and Rachell Wong, violins, Stephen Goist and Andrew Gonzalez, violas, Keiran Cambell, cello, and Robert Warner, harpsichord) performing works of Heinrich Biber and Georg Muffat

    Tenri Cultural Institute

  • Concert 2

    February 17, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program includes selections curated by Cynthia Roberts, Baroque Violin and Juilliard faculty member, performing with students from Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program as well as Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, opus 36, performed by Juilliard faculty members Catherine Cho, violin; Natasha Brofsky, cello; Carol Rodland, viola and Juilliard Students. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    Tenri Cultural Institute

  • Concert 3

    March 24, 2019 / 4 PM

    Carol Rodland and friends will be performing works of George Rochberg, Tigran Mansurian, Johannes Brahms, and Songs of Cole Porter arranged by Kenji Bunch. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    Tenri Cultural Institute

  • 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.

  • Concert

    January 20, 2019 / 6 PM

    Program will include Albinoni Adagio for Organ and Strings and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 5. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church 3501 W. San Jose Street, Tampa, FL 33629

  • 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

    April 28, 2019 / 3 PM

    The program will include works for viola and piano (tbd), and the Mozart String Quintet in G Minor K516, performed by Tucson Symphony Orchestra members and University of Arizona faculty and students. Performers include Tim Kantor, Laura Cásarez, Sarah Toy, Marybeth Brown-Plambeck, Chia-Chun Ko, and Candy Amato. We'll also have a special guest joining us on the violin: TSO Music Director Jose Luis Gomez. Proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank.

    Grace St Paul's Church, Tucson, AZ

  • 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.

  • Concert

    August 09, 2019 / 7 PM

    Food Bank Partner: AMEN Food Pantry

    Kelsey K. Rogers, soprano, in solo recital
    Brent Rogers, piano

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

  • Concert

    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

  • 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

    March 01, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Admission: Free with suggested donation to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.
    Featured performers include prize winning performers from Peabody Conservatory: Christian Paquette, Mafalda Santos, Lior Willinger, and Zenith Winds performing works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Ligeti, and Maslanka.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD, 21201

  • Concert

    May 17, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Featuring musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD, 21201

  • Gettysburg Series

    Adam Cordle, Artistic Director

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

  • Concert 1

    October 28, 2018 / 4 PM

    Beethoven, Trio in E-flat Major, op. 87; Leo Goubet-McCall & Ayaka Sato, violins; Paige Kriel, viola

    Corigliano, 3 Irish Folksong Settings; Hannah Kolarik, voice & Rose Martus, flute

    Mahler, Piano Quartet in A Minor, Mozart, Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478; Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin; Adam Paul Cordle, viola; Sam DeCaprio, cello; Edith Widayani, piano

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

  • Concert 2

    February 03, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program TBD. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    United Lutheran Seminary Chapel, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert 3

    April 28, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program TBD. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

    Trinity United Church of Christ, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Series

    Sasha Ferreira, Artistic Director

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

  • 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.

  • September 23, 2018 / 2:30 PM

    Program will include selections performed by the trombone quartet “Brass Act” (Steve Button, Clifford Crain, David DiGennaro, Robert Enslin) as well as the Arensky two-cello quartet performed by Lucas Button and Thapelo Masita, cellists, Sergio Munoz, violist, and Rebecca Nelson, violinist

    Park Central Presbyterian Church 504 East Fayette St Syracuse, NY 13202

  • Lansing Series

    Christina Adams, Artistic Director

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

    For more information, email christina.adams.vln@gmail.com.

  • Concert 1

    January 20, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program to include works by Dvorak, Martinu, Leclair, Bacewicz, and more! Also included will be Evan Chambers's "closed and huddled against vast space" arranged for 9 violins. Featuring Duo Florent (Arianna Dotto, violin & Joachim Angster, viola), Back Pocket Duo (Annie Jeng, piano & Colin McCall, vibraphone), Boulder, CO violinist Leslee Smucker, and musicians from the Michigan State and University of Michigan Graduate Schools. For more information, please contact Christina Adams at christina.adams.vln@gmail.com. http://www.ifmusicbethefood.com

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

  • Vancouver Series

    Katherine Evans, Artistic Director

    Angelique Po, Host and Executive Director

    Jodie Ou, Community Events Coordinator at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

    Simran Sidhu, Food Bank Coordinator, at the AMS Food Bank of UBC

    Concerts will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow St., Vancouver, BC or the Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music, UBC Vancouver.

  • Concert 1

    March 30, 2019 / 7 PM

    Rachmaninoff’s Preludes Op. 3, Op. 23, and Op. 32 for Solo Piano.
    Presented by the Piano Studio of Prof. Corey Hamm, UBC School of Music

    Proceeds benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

    Central Presbyterian Church, Vancouver | 1155 Thurlow St.

  • Sarasota Series

    Jack Gallahan, Artistic Director

    Jonathan Spivey, Assistant

    Genevieve Beauchamp, Assistant

    For more information, email jrgallahan11@gmail.com. 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, krobinett@churchofthepalms.org or 941.924.1323.

  • Concert

    May 05, 2019 / 3 PM

    Libertango Astor Piazzolla Preghiere Luigi Forino Cheeko Matsusaka, cello Scott Kluksdahl, cello Natalie Helm, cello Jack Gallahan, cello
    Duo for Violin and Cello No. 2 Bohuslav Martinu Marco Jimenez, violin, Jack Gallahan, cello
    Tango: Por Una Cabeza Gardel/Williams Margot Zarzycka, violin Jonathan Spivey, piano
    Bagatelles, Op. 47: Allegretto Scherzando Antonín Dvořák Luca Stine & Jackie Seitz, violin, Jack Gallahan, cello, Marco Jimenez, piano
    Duet for two Cellos, Op. 50, No. 2 Sebastian Lee Helga Winold, cello, Scott Kluksdahl, cello
    Braziliera, from Scaramouche Darius Milhaud Geneviève Beauchamp, piano Jonathan Spivey, piano

    Church of the Palms: 3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34239