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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 piece “Flanders Fields,” Aitken is sought after as both conductor and composer. He has been commissioned by organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, the State of Idaho, and the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. Aitken made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 conducting his major work, And None Shall Be Afraid with a choir of 200 and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.  Aitken now has more than 40 compositions to his credit spanning more than two decades of writing.


Aitken is a lifetime member of ACDA and has served at State, Division and National levels, including National Chair of Music in Worship. Dr. Aitken holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oklahoma.  He and his wife, MacKenzie, live in Nova Scotia, Canada where they own & operate the 130 year old Maple Inn -- an eight bed boutique hotel on the picturesque and historic Bay of Fundy.

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