This camp is unlike any other, I can't help but come back, it's just so much funAndrew Aronowicz
Andrew Aronowicz is expecting some late nights this week as he tries to keep pace with about 225 musicians.
Returning for his fourth stint as composer for Border Music Camp, Aronowicz will create new works for most of the ensembles as well as the massed choir, made up of all campers.
"This camp is unlike any other, I can't help but come back, it's just so much fun," he said.
"Just the joy that all the campers have for playing music that's written by a composer that's still alive is really palpable, and it's infectious.
"It just drives me to want to do the best that I can so that they have the best time."
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Aronowicz holds a Master of Music from Melbourne University and his works have been performed by groups such as the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Although some camp pieces are written ahead of time, others evolve as he assesses the resources available, for example adding a solo part for a talented violinist.
"Everyone who comes is here purely for the joy of teaching and making music together," he said. "That shared commitment means that it's always an elevated experience, it's never just a camp."
The 45th Border Music Camp, held at The Scots School Albury, ends with a public concert on Saturday night.
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