Discipline: Music Composition

Hugh Aitken

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Oakland, NJ
MacDowell Fellowships: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
Hugh Aitken (1924-2012) was an American composer. Originally intent on a career in chemistry, he realized that composing was his true passion during his time serving in the Air Corps during WWII. He composed dramatic orchestral works, completing two operas as well as numerous concertos, quintets, serenades, and more.



Hugh Aitken worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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