Alf Clausen (b. Minneapolis, Minnesota) received his training at North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Boston's Berklee College of Music, earning degrees in Arranging & 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, four Annie awards, three International Monitor Awards, eighteen additional Emmy nominations and and three 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," & "Wizards & Warriors." His feature film credits include "Half-Baked" and "Number One With A Bullet." He has contributed additional music and orchestrations to numerous feature films including "Airplane II: The Sequel," "The Beastmaster," "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," "Dragnet," "Into The Night," "Micki & Maude," "Mr. Mom," "Naked Gun," "Splash," "Weird Science," & "Wise Guys." He has been musical director, composer and arranger for numerous television variety shows including "The Donny & Marie Show," "Mary" & "The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour". His CD credits (as songwriter, 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" 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 & Denny Christianson. His memberships include AFM, ASCAP, ATAS, IAJE, NARAS, Society of Composer & 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, twenty-seven Emmy nominations, four Annie awards, three Annie nominations, three International Monitor Awards, Grammy and CLIO nominations, 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.