Paul Aitken


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Dr. Paul A. Aitken (b. 1970) is Director of Music & Worship Arts and Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, Idaho where he oversees more than twenty ensembles and a professional staff of six spanning two campuses. 


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.

Donkey Riding    arr. Paul Aitken   

SATB  - with piano    $2.35    CP 1450  
(see the score while you listen) duration - 1:40

SA (two part) with piano    $2.35    CP 1424

Imagine hauling timber out of the bush back in the 1930’s.  The steam donkey was often used to do the heavy lifting - loading trains.  This is a classic Canadian folksong and Paul has brought it to life with this spirited arrangement.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree    by Paul Aitken

SATB  - with piano    $2.35    CP 1556  
(see the score while you listen) duration - 4:25

The classic poem by William Butler Yeats comes to life with Paul’s sensitive and joyful setting.


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 is married to his much better half, MacKenzie, and together they are raising four teenage boys and running a very busy real estate business together.