About Us

Our Mission

"If Music Be the Food..." is a series of benefit concerts whose mission is to increase awareness and support, through the sharing of great music, for people in the local community who are struggling with food insecurity, 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. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations 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 and all proceeds go directly to Rochester's Foodlink.

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, launched IMBTF Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Organist Peggy Hsiao has also been presenting an annual an "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..."-inspired benefit concerts at Grace Church in New York City. In 2016, pianist Lior Willinger launched IMBTF Baltimore, singer Kelsey Rogers launched IMBTF Dickinson, and violist and Eastman alum Adam Cordle launched IMBTF Gettysburg. 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.

Concerts

  • 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, 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. For more information, email mi2hwang@gmail.com.

  • Season 9

  • Concert One

    October 22, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    TBD

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

  • Concert Two

    January 28, 2018 / 7:30 PM

    TBD

    Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MA

  • Concert Three

    April 22, 2018 /

    TBD

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

  • 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

    TBD

    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. 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.


    The first concert of the season was a great success, you can read more about it here.

  • Concert One

    August 12, 2016 / 7PM

    TBD

    Beck Auditorium, Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota 58601

  • Concert Two

    February 12, 2017 / 3 PM

    "Sull'aria" from Le Nozze di Figaro, Maedchenblumen by Richard Strauss, "Prayer for the Waters", a variation on "Greensleeves" for solo handbell and guitar, "Je veux vivre" from Romeo and Juliette", "Willow Song" from Ballad of Baby Doe, and a TBD French Horn set and piano set.

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

  • Baltimore Series

    Lior Willinger, Artistic Director

    Beverly Wu, General Manager

    IMBTF Baltimore began its series in 2016. Faculty and students from the Peabody Conservatory collaborate to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. For more information, email ifmusicbethefoodbaltimore@gmail.com.

  • Concert

    March 01, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    Outstanding musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Conservatory come together for this concert to increase awareness and support for the hungry.

    Featured on this program are the improvisational stylings of David Smooke (toy piano/composer) and the Witches (violinist/composer Ledah Finck and flutist Louna Dekker-Vargas), world premieres of works by Michael Alec Rose and Ledah Finck to be performed by violist Maria Lambros, songs by award-winning composer Frances Pollock, and Schumann's Piano Quartet performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and If Music Be the Food Baltimore's Artistic Director, Lior Willinger (pianist).

    Audience members are asked to bring monetary donations (preferred) or non-perishable food items for the Maryland Food Bank as the price of admission to each concert

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

  • Concert

    April 26, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    Shostakovich Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1st 2 mvts) performed by Peabody Preparatory String Quartet; Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 5, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by Michael Kannen, cello and Yong Hi Moon, piano; Selections TBA performed by Baltimore Guitar Duo (James Keretses and Isaac Greene); Selections TBA performed by Trio St. Bernard (Brandon Garbot, violin, Zachary Mowitz, cello, and Sahun Hong, piano)

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

  • 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 adam.cordle@gmail.com.

  • Perspectives Françaises

    October 30, 2016 / 4 PM

    Music for viola and piano by French women composers of the early twentieth century – Nadia Boulanger, Fernande Decruck, and Marcelle Soulage.

    Paul Recital Hall, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, 17325

  • Trio Alexander

    January 28, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp; Jacques Ibert, Deux Interludes; Elizabeth Poston, Trio Maurice Ravel, Sonatine; Toru Takemitsu, And Then I Knew 'Twas Wind. Performed by the Trio Alexander: Caroline Sonett, flute, Adam Paul Cordle, viola, Rosanna Moore, harp

    Gettysburg College – Paul Recital Hall

  • Final Concert

    May 07, 2017 / 4 PM

    If Music Be the Food… Gettysburg will present the final performance of the 2016-17 season at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Gettysburg. 20 West High St, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Director and violist Adam Paul Cordle will be joined by Diana Flesner, Susan Hochmiller, Michael Jorgensen, Jocelyn Swigger, and Lori Zeshonsky in a program of works by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, and Antonín Dvorák. Admission is a donation to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.

    Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 20 West High St, 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