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Dr. Paul A. Aitken (b. 1970) is a freelance composer/conductor and Director of Music Emeritus of the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, Idaho.
The first-ever winner of the ACDA Brock Student Composition Competition for his setting of “Flanders Fields,” Aitken is also the 2018 recipient of the Chronos Vocal Ensemble Prize, as well as a 2021 American Prize in Choral Music award winner for “How Can I Keep from Singing.” He enjoys commissions by organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, and the Brazos Valley Chorale. Aitken made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 conducting his major work, And None Shall Be Afraid and is deeply honoured to be returning to the Carnegie stage in 2022. Aitken’s music is published by Alfred Music, Cypress Music, Paraclete Press and at www.paulaitkenmusic.com.
Aitken is a lifetime member of ACDA and has served at State, Division and National levels, including as National Chair of Music in Worship. Also a member of Choral Canada, Dr. Aitken holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oklahoma. Since 2020, he and his wife, MacKenzie, live in Nova Scotia Canada where they own & operate the 130 year old Maple Inn Parrsboro -- an eight bed, boutique hotel on the picturesque and historic Bay of Fundy.