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.

    Season 7 (save the dates!):

    • Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    • Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Third Presbyterian Church
    • Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Strauss Birthday Celebration

    October 19, 2014 / 7:30 PM

    Overture to Capriccio for String Sextet: Oleh Krysa and Ji-Yeon Lee, violins; Carol Rodland and Alexander Trygstad, violas; Rosemary Elliot and Mark Yee, cellos; Sonata for Cello and Piano in F, Opus 6: David Ying, cello and Elinor Freer, piano; "Happy Endings", Opera Scenes organized by Katherine Ciesinski. Final Duet from "Arabella" and Final Scene from "Der Rosenkavalier". Anthony Baron, baritone, Candice Chung, soprano, Hannah Kurth, mezzo-soprano, Kimberly Merrill, soprano, Athene Tsz Wai Mok, soprano, Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano

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

  • January 25, 2015 / 7:30 PM

    Dvorak Terzetto: Federico Agostini and Eri Noda, violins, Carol Rodland, viola; Selections of Chopin for Solo Piano: Natalia Antonova, piano; Duets Opus 28 of Brahms: Kathryn Cowdrick, mezzo soprano and Robert Swenson, tenor, Peter DuBois, piano; Chanson Madecasses of Ravel: Katherine Weber, mezzo soprano, Emlyn Johnson, flute, Daniel Ketter, cello, and Daniel Pesca, piano

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

  • May 08, 2015 / 7:30 PM

    Featuring special guest artist, Kim Kashkashian, viola, with selections TBA; Bach' Brandenburg Concerto #4 with Bonita Boyd, flute, Renee Jolles, violin, Robert Poovey, harpsichord, and Eastman students; Brahms Sextet in G Major with the Ying Quartet and Carol Rodland viola, Keiko Ying, cello

    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. Call 727-538-7777 for more information.

  • November 23, 2014 / 2 PM

    Brahms D-Major Sonata for Cello and Piano; Mozart Sonata for Piano Four-Hand; Bloch Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio; Piazzolla Seasons (Winter, Spring)

    St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 509 N. Marion Street, Tampa FL 33602

  • February 09, 2015 / 2 PM

    Program TBA

    Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL.

  • Tucson Series

    Candice Amato, Artistic Director

    Musicians from major performing arts organizations in Tucson, Arizona, come together at these concerts to benefit the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) Food Bank. 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.

  • First Inaugural Concert at Rincon UCC

    April 25, 2015 / 7PM

    Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major for Unaccompanied Cello / Michael Simmons, cello; Klara Wojtkowska: A Quartet of Trees for Solo Violin / Klara Wojtkowska, violin; A. Honegger: Sonatina for Violin and Cello / Emily Nolan, violin and Ian Jones, cello; Dvorak/W.A. Fisher: Goin' Home / Kimberly Chaffin, soprano, Melissa Hamilton, viola, and Jane Brandt, piano; Telemann: Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Two Violas / Rebecca McKee and Joseph Pagan, violas; Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1 / Joseph Rousos-Hammond and Klara Wojtkowska, violin, Candy Amato, viola, Robert Chamberlain, cello. Donations will be directed to the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) Food Bank.

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