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Berklee Alumni Alf Clausen, David Schwartz, and Ernest Troost, and
Faculty Sheldon Mirowitz Nominated for Five Primetime Emmy Awards
Simpsons Composer Clausen

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From: Berklee College of Music
Contact: Margot Edwards

Faculty Sheldon Mirowitz Nominated for Five Primetime Emmy Awards
Simpsons Composer Clausen

-- Berklee College of Music alumni Simpsons composer Clausen, marking his 25th Emmy nomination. There are also two nominations in one category: Mirowitz and Troost for Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Dramatic Underscore). The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on ABC TV, Sunday, September 19.

Alf Clausen , who leads one of the last remaining live orchestras on television, is nominated in two categories: Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore), The Simpsons , "Treehouse Of Horror XIV;" and Outstanding Music And Lyrics, The Simpsons , "The President Wore Pearls," lyrics by Dana Gould. Clausen has been the composer for several television series, including Moonlighting , for which he received six Emmy nominations; The Simpsons , for which he has received two Emmy awards and 16 additional Emmy nominations; ALF ; and The Critic . His feature film credits include Half-Baked, Ferris Bueller's Day Off , Splash , and Weird Science . Clausen, class of 1966, studied arranging and composition at Berklee and has also been an instructor at the College.

David Schwartz , Berklee class of 1974, is nominated in the category Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, Deadwood , HBO. Schwartz began composing music for film and television in 1990. His first network television series, Northern Exposure , earned him a Grammy nomination for its memorable theme song. Schwartz scored every episode of the show for its entire seven seasons. Over the past decade, he has scored numerous television themes and series, including Maximum Bob, Leap of Faith, Beggars & Choosers, Wolf Lake - for which he earned a 2002 Emmy nomination- The Ellen Show, The Oblongs, The John Larroquette Show, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder in Small Town X , among others.

Ernest Troost is nominated in the category Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Dramatic Underscore), Fallen Angel (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation), CBS. Troost, Berklee class of 1978, has scored many projects for film and television, including Tremors , Sweet Revenge , One Man's Hero, The Scoundrel's Wife, and Beat . He also won acclaim and earned Emmy awards for original scores to The Canterville Ghost, and A Lesson Before Dying , and nominations for Martin and Lewis , and Beyond the Prairie: The True Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Sheldon Mirowitz is also nominated in the category Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Dramatic Underscore), The Nazi Officer's Wife , A&E. Columbus and The Age of Discovery , and in 2002 for the six-part series Evolution . Other credits include the score to the Oscar-nominated Troublesome Creek ; the Farrelly brothers film Outside Providence , and the Larry McMurtry mini-series Johnson County War . Mirowitz is also a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded with or produced a wide range of artists, including Livingston Taylor, Patty Larkin, Reeves Gabrels, John Lincoln Wright, and Aine Minogue.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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