EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Tara Freimund is a Rochester, Minnesota native and mother of two. After attending college at Penn State and traveling, she returned to the upper Midwest to raise her family and invest in her hometown.

 

As an experienced political strategist having worked on and run local, state and federal campaigns for progressive political candidates she has learned much about the tactical work involved in elevating inclusive ideals and seeing vision come to fruition. As a community organizer, Tara has worked on projects ranging from racial and climate justice to equitable urban design and infrastructure. Tara is active in her community, volunteering and working to create a more progressive city for all.


 

“Our mission is not just a statement of inclusion, it is the action and day to day commitment of it. That’s where we make a difference.” -Tara Freimund

MUSIC DIRECTOR 

Becca is a native of Indiana and has adopted Southeast Minnesota as her home. She attended Butler University in Indianapolis, and majored in Music Education while tuba in the Butler Bands. Becca is the Stewartville Middle School Band Director. When asked about what teaching means to her, she says “I want to teach children life-long skills, not just playing an instrument, but cooperation, creativity and making connect with their communities.  Music can teach people how to find their voice, and it can teach people how to listen to those around them."
 

In addition to teaching, Becca is an active musician. She plays in the all brass band, Loud Mouth Brass, named Rochester’s hottest band by the Post Bulletin in 2018. Becca looks forward to her work with The Collective because, “I teach young women how to play instruments every day.  I want girls to see that the music doesn't have to stop at the classroom. There is a place for them to keep playing and creating, right there on the stage.”
 

She is inspired by her fellow musicians working to bring live music to Rochester week after week, and too many strong women in her friends and family to name.