Board of Directors: Alf Clausen

Alf Clausen (b. Minneapolis, MN) received his training at North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, earning degrees in Arranging and Composition. He began his musical career as a French hornist and bassist, going on to become an instructor at Berklee.

He has been composer for several television series and Movies of the Week, including Moonlighting (for which he received six Emmy nominations), The Simpsons (for which he received two Emmy awards, five Annie awards, three International Monitor Awards, 23 additional Emmy nominations and five additional Annie nominations), Bette, The Critic, ALF (no relation), Christine Cromwell, Dads, Double Agent, Fame, Harry, Lime Street, My First Love, Murder in Three Acts, Police Story, She Knows Too Much, Stranded and Wizards & Warriors. His feature film credits include Half-Baked and Number One with a Bullet.

He has been musical director, composer and arranger for numerous television variety shows including The Donny & Marie Show, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour.

His CD credits (as songwriter, composer, conductor and producer) include the hit Rhino Records releases The Simpsons: Songs in the Key of Springfield: Original Music from the Television Series, Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons: More Original Music from the Television Series, the hit Shout! Factory Records release The Simpsons: Testify and the Sunny NoDak Records release Swing Can Really Hang You Up the Most by the Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra.

His compositions and arrangements have been featured by many recording artists and commercial advertisers. His music is featured on the Universal Studios Tram Tour 2000. He has also composed for the bands of Buddy Rich, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Denny Christianson.

His memberships include AFM, ASCAP, the ASCAP Foundation (member, Board of Directors), ATAS, NARAS, Society of Composers & Lyricists (former Vice President and member, Board of Directors), Songwriters Guild, SAG, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in California and Who’s Who in Entertainment.

Awards include two Emmy awards, 30 Emmy nominations, five Annie awards, 10 Annie nominations, three International Monitor Awards, ASCAP’s Golden Note Award, Honorary Doctor of Music Degree - Berklee College of Music, Honorary Doctor of Music Degree - North Dakota State University, Alumnus Recognition Award - Berklee College of Music, “One of Top 50 Alumni” Award - Berklee College of Music, the Alumni Achievement Award - North Dakota State University, the 1:00 O’Clock Award - North Texas State University, two National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellowship Grants, and seven times recipient of the ASCAP Popular Award For Music Composition.

His concert works include Joan Baby, a musical in one act, and When Jeremiah Sang the Blues, an oratorio for choir, orchestra, vocal and instrumental soloists and narrator. He has also been honored with “Alf Clausen Day” in Fargo, ND and “Alf Clausen Day” in Jamestown, ND.