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, 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 served on three National Convention committees, and has previously served as Division Chair in the US Northwest.
“Inspirational and visionary,” Aitken is both the founder of the Cathedral Conservatory, the Cathedral Concert Series, the Les Bois Chamber Singers and is president of FlandersPublications.com. His achievements to date have landed his biography, since 2006, in the Marquis editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
Aitken holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oklahoma.
Both a husband and a father, Paul is also an arts executive at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, Idaho (a flagship church of 3,500) where he serves as Director of Music Ministry and Worship Arts, overseeing five staff members and twenty-four ensembles comprised of 300 volunteer musicians.
He is writing an anthem for the Opening Worship Service.