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. 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, MA

  • 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, MA

  • Concert Three

    May 02, 2016 / 7:30PM

    "If Music Be The Food..." Concert Series. Brahms Quintet for Strings in G Major performed by the Ying Quartet with Carol Rodland, viola; selections from Brahms Magelone Lieder performed by Jan Opalach, baritone and Ted Taylor, piano; Excerpts from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” performed by Robert Poovey, organ, and Eastman students; 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, MA

  • 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 02, 2016 / 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 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