The first-ever winner of the American Choral Directors Association’s prestigious Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition Award (1999) for Flanders Fields, Paul Aitken has continued to make significant strides in the field of choral music. Dr. Aitken’s numerous compositions have been performed and recorded throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He is published in the Lawson/Gould catalog (a division of Alfred Publications) and under the FlandersPublications.com label.
A recent guest conductor at Carnegie Hall with his choral/orchestral work, "And None Shall Be Afraid," Dr. Aitken has served on the faculties of both Southeastern Illinois College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He served as National Chair of the Music in Worship Repertoire and Standards Committee of the American Choral Directors Association from 2006-2009. He has twice been a national judge for ACDA competitions, has competently served on three National Convention committees, and has previously served as Division Chair in the US Northwest.
“Inspirational and visionary,” Aitken has maintained the graded choir program that was in place when he arrived, and has built upon it focusing his efforts on other arts as well: visual, dance, and drama. Weekly, the Ministry of Music and Arts relates to approximately 300 musicians from age 3 through adult. One of the greatest successes at the church has been the development of the Cathedral Orchestra – giving orchestral musicians from the Treasure Valley a place to play and worship. In addition, Aitken has worked diligently to work with other community organizations such as Boise State University, Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Northwest Nazarene University, Cantus Youth Choirs, and several others.
Aitken holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oklahoma.