About Us

Our Mission

"If Music Be the Food..." is a series of benefit concerts whose mission is to raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music, 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 via the partnering food bank. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring monetary donations or non-perishable food items 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. All proceeds go directly to Rochester’s Foodlink. Carol Rodland was IMBTF Rochester's Artistic Director for its first eight seasons, and cellist Mimi Hwang took over as Artistic Director in Fall 2017.

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, established IMBTF Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. In 2016, pianist Lior Willinger launched IMBTF Baltimore, singer Kelsey Rogers launched IMBTF Dickinson, and violist and Eastman alum Adam Cordle launched IMBTF Gettysburg. In 2017, violinist Sasha Ferreira launched IMBTF Mississippi Gulf Coast and violinist Harumi Rhodes launched IMBTF Boulder. Organist Peggy Hsiao has presented "Bach's Lunch" "If Music Be the Food…" events 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. 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.


  • Rochester Series

    Mimi Hwang, Artistic Director

    Robert Poovey and Peter DuBois, Administrative Liaisons

    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, is invited to 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. For more information, email mhwang@esm.rochester.edu.

  • Season 9

  • Concert One

    October 22, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    Program: Luca Marenzio, Solo e pensoso i piú deserti campi Anne Wilson, Lament (in memory of Matthew Shepard) Eastman Cello Ensemble;
    Michael Laurello, Spine for 3 percussions and piano Eastman Percussionists, Michael Burritt, director;
    Korngold String Sextet, Op. 10 Wendy Sharp and Julie Kim, violins, Marka Gustavsson and Carol Rodland, violas; Mimi Hwang and Rosie Elliott, cellos

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd., Rochester, NY

  • Concert Two

    January 28, 2018 / 7:30 PM

    Program: J.S. Bach Toccata & Fugue Peter Kurau and members of the Eastman Horn Studio;
    Shostakovich “On Jewish Folk Poetry” Laura Sanders, soprano; Maria Vasilievskaya, mezzo-soprano; Kevin Bryant, tenor;
    Arensky Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 32 Elinor Freer, piano; Shannon Nance, violin; Mimi Hwang, cello

    Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY

  • Concert Three

    April 22, 2018 /

    Program: Bach Brandenberg Concerto #5 Bonita Boyd, flute; Renee Jolles, violin; Edoardo Bellotti, harpsichord;
    Anthony Griffey, tenor - TBD;
    Mozart Piano Quartet in g minor, K. 478 Sonia Rostad, piano; Renee Jolles, violin; Masumi Rostad, viola; Mimi Hwang, cello

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd., 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


    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. 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

    September 07, 2017 / 7 PM

    Kelsey Rogers, adjunct professor of voice at Dickinson State University, will perform with her husband, Dr. Brent Rogers, DSU’s director of choral activities, on piano. The program will include well-loved solo pieces from the classical repertoire, including “Pie Jesu” from Faure’s “Requiem” and “Je vex vivre” from Gounod’s ”Roméo et Juliette.” Lesser known are early and modern gems like “Sweeter than Roses” by Henry Purcell and the first three movements of “Try Me, Good King” by Libby Larsen, a contemporary setting of the last words of the wives of Henry the VIII. For more information, click here.

    Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall, Dickinson State University

  • 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

    October 25, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    World-class musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Maryland come together for this concert to increase awareness and support for the hungry.

    Le Api by Antonino Pasculli (1842-1924): Lydia Consilvio, oboe, Lior Willinger, piano
    Wind Quintet, Op. 10 by Pavel Haas (1899-1944), Wind Quintet No. 1 by Jean Françaix (1912-1997): University of Maryland Fellowship Woodwind Quintet (Naomi Harrow, flute, Lydia Consilvio, oboe, Natalie Groom, clarinet, Derek Maseloff, horn, Qun (Jimmy) Ren, bassoon)
    Piano Quartet in E flat major, K. 493 by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Holly Jenkins, violin, Jacob Shack, viola, Tzu-Jou Yeh, cello, Lior Willinger, piano

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church 811 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Concert

    April 18, 2018 /



  • Gettysburg Series

    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 acordle@gettysburg.edu.

  • Concert One

    October 15, 2017 /


    Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 20 West High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert Two

    January 21, 2018 /


    Paul Recital Hall Gettysburg College: Sunderman Conservatory of Music 300 N Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert Three

    April 22, 2018 /


    Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Chapel 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Series

    Sasha Ferreira, Artistic Director

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

  • Concert One

    May 07, 2017 / 6 PM

    Don't miss a magical night of music as string professionals and blossoming students merge their talents to bring you a beautiful, uplifting performance that helps support a worthy community cause. All proceeds to benefit the Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen.

    Magnolia Hall at Florence Gardens, 12321 Preservation Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503

  • 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.

  • Concert One

    October 01, 2017 / 7 PM

    Program will include Bartok Duos with Harumi Rhodes and Alessandra Jennings, violins, and Matthew Dane and Carol Rodland, violas, with University of Colorado Boulder students and the Faure c minor piano quartet with Jennifer Hayghe, piano, Harumi Rhodes, violin, Carol Rodland, viola, and Matthew Zalkind, cello
    Partners: Sara Parkinson, Music Director and Rev. Mary Kate Réjouis, Rector. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/st-aidans-episcopal-church-boulder-co.
    All benefits will proceed the Harvest for Hope food pantry, http://hopepantry.org/.

    St Aidan's Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302