Frame Dance empowers Houstonians to communicate, inspire, and connect to the world and others through movement, community and artistic collaboration, and technology. They relate the process of making dance to audiences, and develop scenarios where the audience’s presence impacts the work. Since 2010, Frame Dance has presented over 40 live, original performances in Houston with guest artist collaborators from different genres, and each performance features original musical compositions by emerging and established composers. In its series of annual films — nine to date — Frame Dance creates new experiences for audiences using technology to record and edit dance performance into dynamic video narratives that document stories that would otherwise remain unheard. In 2014, Frame Dance established the Little Framers and MultiGen Framers educational ensembles, providing dance education for ages 6 months – 99.
Alex Freeman (composer) grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Around the age of 13, he became interested in composing. As his trombone teacher in those years, Bruce Reinoso, was also a composer and student of the renowned American composer Robert Ward, who was then teaching at Duke University, his trombone lessons slowly became composition lessons. He left North Carolina in 1990 to study at the Eastman School of music, where his teachers included Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner, and David Liptak. There, in addition to his studies as a composer, he was an avid conductor of the music of his fellow composers. He then went to Boston to study with Lukas Foss and got his Master’s at Boston University, spending two summers teaching young composers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute with Charles Fussell and Richard Cornell, with whom he also studied during those years. In 1998 he moved to New York to begin his Doctoral studies at the Juilliard School, studying with Christopher Rouse. The focus of his doctoral document, The First Movement of Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony: Sketch Study and Style Analysis, led him to Finland. The recipient of a Fulbright Full Fellowship, he moved to Helsinki in 2001 to research Sibelius’s sketches and study composition with Eero Hämeenniemi at the Sibelius Academy. He also was a student of Jouni Kaipainen and Magnus Lindberg. He taught at Carleton College from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Freeman is currently composing full time and lives with his wife and son in Finland.
Ashley Horn (set and costume designer) is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, costume designer, and artist from the Houston area. She has shown choreography and films at ACFD, The University of Houston, Big Range Dance Festival, The Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance, Third Coast Dance on Film Festival, The Houston Fringe Festival, and Dance Month at the ERJCC among other venues and events. She has created costumes for FrenetiCore, Frame Dance Productions, Sol Y Luna Dance, and her own works. Ashley is the co-founder and curator of Motion Captured: An Evening of Dance on Film at the ERJCC as a part of Dance Month. In 2012, Ashley was a recipient of an individual artist grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to create an evening-length dance film, Wanderland. Ashley was named one of the 100 Creatives of 2013 by the Houston Press.
Charles Peck (composer) is an American composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “vivid” (UArts Edge magazine), and “spell-binding” (Rappahannock News). His music was recently selected in the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music program as well as Call for Scores by several ensembles including the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, ensemble mise-en, and the Locrian Chamber Players. He has also been named the winner of the Lake George Music Festival’s Composition Competition, the NC New Music Initiative’s Orchestral Composition Competition, the Frame Dance Composition Competition, the Symphony in C’s Young Composers’ Competition, the Castleton Festival’s Young Composer’s Forum, and the OFMC Collegiate Composition Competition. Peck’s work has been supported by grants from the McKnight Foundation, the American Composers Forum, and the Cornell Council for the Arts and has been featured at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the New Music Gathering, the highSCORE Festival, and the Castleton Festival. Currently, his projects include new works for the JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and percussionist Ji Hye Jung. Peck is a doctoral student at Cornell University where he has earned the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award in composition. He received his Master’s in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There, he was named the winner of the Composition Competition and was awarded the Scott Huston Award for composition. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Drexel University.
Timothy Roy (composer) composes music steeped in imagery and allusion, which often seeks to conjure a sense of time, place, and feeling. His work has been presented nationally and internationally, with performances at the Music Biennale Zagreb, Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), National Theater of Taipei, Bowling Green New Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, International Computer Music Festival (ICMC), Center of Cypriot Composers, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, and the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Chile, “Ai-maako.” He has received honors from the International Competition of Electroacoustic Composition “Prix Destellos” (First Prize), the Ninth International Musicacoustica-Beijing Composition Competition (First Prize, student mixed media), Sigma Alpha Iota Inter- American Music Awards (Winner), the First International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition (Finalist), and the Ninth Edition of the International Composition Competition “Città di Udine” (Finalist). Timothy holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from Southern Methodist University, where he was both a Charles S. Sharp Endowed President’s Scholar and Theodore Presser Scholar, and a master’s degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently a doctoral student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he served as the Teaching Fellow for the Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS).