Music Department


This is, the official website for the Hinsdale Central High School Music Department.  Here you will find the most current information about the music program.  Use the linked navigation boxes above to explore.

Music Department Staff

Jennifer Burkemper
Choir Director

Matt Goeke
Associate Band Director

Matt Kurinsky
Band Director & Music Department Chair

Serge Penksik
Orchestra Director & AP Music Theory Teacher

Jim Rennie
Choir Accompanist

Department Mission Statement

The study of music involves participation, discussion and performance of musical works that have artistic and historical importance.  Each student will strive to develop his or her own skills to the highest possible level.  In support of these ideals, we endeavor to create quality large ensemble performances, study music of historical significance, rehearse separately and together to develop expertise, establish relationships that foster understanding, discover the relationships between music and culture, and become lifelong musical learners.

Recent News

The Former Lord Mayor of The City of Westminster
On Tuesday, February 28, 2015, Duncan Sandys, the Former Lord Mayor of The City of Westminster visited Hinsdale Central along with the Executive Director of London's New Year's Day Parade, Robert Bone, to officially invite the Red Devil Marching Band to perform in the 2016 parade.  In addition to their remarks, the band performed and everyone enjoyed a reception in the lobby after the event.  Thanks to everyone that made the Lord Mayor's site visit a success.

The Former Lord Mayor, Drum Majors, Directors, and Special Guests

Solo and Ensemble Best-at-site Awards

Solo/Ensemble Best-at-site Awards

Band & Choir NYC Trip 2017

The District 86 School Board approved the trip for the Hinsdale Central High School Red Devil Marching Band and the Combined Choirs to go to New York City from Thursday, November 9, through Sunday, November 12, 2017.  This trip is open to all band and choir students as well as members of the color guard.

All interested students and chaperones must register for the trip using the Bob Rogers Travel Individual Payment System (IPS) by Friday, April 14.  Use the IPS Online Registration Instructions to create an account at  You will need a credit card, an email address, and the trip ID (IL010200012) to register.

The estimated cost is around $1800 per person.  Students register for quad occupancy and chaperones register for double occupancy at the same rate.  These prices may fluctuate based on the number of participants, the cost of airfare, bag fees, and other unforeseen expenses.  All payments are made through IPS.  Payments are due according to the schedule below.

1 - Friday, April 28 - $600
2 - Friday, July 7 - $600
3 - Friday, October 6 - Remaining Balance

Parent & Participant Meetings
Trip forms will be distributed at a parent and participant meeting on Monday, April 24, at 8:00 pm, after the Music Parents Association meeting.  The directors will also be available to answer any questions before the first payment is due.  A final meeting will be scheduled in late October as the departure date approaches.

- All payments to Bob Rogers Travel are non-refundable.
- You may want to consider the Optional Trip Insurance offered in the IPS system.
- NYC participants can't audition for ILMEA Jazz because the festival and the trip conflict.
- The prices in the IPS system do not currently include airfare.
- Filling out the Google form was not official trip registration.  You must use IPS.
- The MPA provides need-based scholarships.  Fill out the MPA Scholarship Application by Friday, April 28, to be considered.

A complete List of Inclusions is available for download.  Several highlights are listed below.

- Airfare, hotel, breakfasts and dinners, and all entrance fees.
- Red Devil Marching Band performance in the NYC Veteran's Day Parade.
- Broadway workshops with professional performers and conductors.
- Broadway or Philharmonic performances.
- University or city clinics.
- Historic and city sight-seeing.

Fundraising Balances
Student fundraising money will be available to transfer to the IPS system over the summer.  A Fundraising Balance Transfer Form will be made available on the website for that purpose.

Trip Documents
IPS Online Registration Instructions
Band Itinerary (Sample)
Choir Itinerary (Sample)
List of Inclusions
Optional Travel Insurance Information
Veteran's Day Parade Invitation

District Forms
Release & Indemnity
Student Conduct Expectations
Consent for Medical Treatment
Medication Authorization

Orchestra Nashville/Memphis Tour 2018

The Hinsdale Central High School Red Devil Orchestra are planning a trip to Nashville and Memphis for February 15-20, 2018, pending school board approval.  This trip will be open to all orchestra students (including current 8th graders).  Any information provided on this form is tentative.  We are looking for preliminary numbers.  By filling out the Nashville/Memphis Orchestra Trip Survey, you are not committing your son, daughter, or yourself to attending this trip.  The survey includes our full itinerary and list of inclusions. 

The approximate estimated cost will be $1000 per person - quad occupancy for students and double occupancy for chaperones. These prices are not official and are subject to change depending on the number of students and parents attending.  Additional information can be found on the music department website,

Concerto/Aria Winners

Congratulations to:
Viktor Kuru- Violin
Laura Libera- Trumpet
Jack Rasmussen- Voice
Anna Lowery- Voice 

ILMEA District 1 Festival Participants

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 85 Hinsdale Central High School music students, along with hundreds of students from other District 1 schools, auditioned for the Illinois Music Educator Association (ILMEA) Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, and Jazz Bands.  Based on the results of those auditions, 40 students were invited to participate in the Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 12, at Thornridge High School in Dolton, IL, and the District Festival on Saturday, November 19, at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.  The top seated students at the district festivals will be invited to participate in the All-State and Honors ensembles during the Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) January 26-28, 2017, in Peoria, IL.  Please join me in congratulating the students listed below who are participating in the ILMEA District 1 Festivals, along with the band directors, Matt Goeke and Matt Kurinsky, the choir director, Jen Burkemper, and the orchestra director, Serge Penksik.


Chinmay Amin (9) Euphonium
Chitra Balakrishnan (12) Bb Clarinet
Alexander Colban (10) Baritone Sax
Jacinda Eskander (11) Flute
Sean Goldthwaite (10) Alto Sax
Laura Libera (12) Trumpet
Margaret Litwin (10) Bass Clarinet
Ben Lotsoff (11) Trombone
Katherine Marcotte (11) Flute
Davis Miller (11) Bb Clarinet
Ethan Wang (11) French Horn


Evan Donaldson (12) Tenor I
Alex Hughes (11) Soprano II
John Koznarek (12) Bass II
Anna Lowery (12) Soprano I
James Mathew (12) Tenor I
Nora Moran (12) Alto II
Jack Rasmussen (12) Bass I
Michelle Shen (10) Soprano II


Matt Alder (10) Trumpet
Luke Berg (11) Trumpet
Elisabeth Bieber (10) Trumpet
Michael Callahan (12) Trombone}
Terry Dunphy (12) Piano
Parker Frankiewicz (11) Drum Set
Jack Kanzler (12) Guitar
Ben Lotsoff (11) Trombone
Suhaib Qasim (11) Trombone


Chase Ackerson (11) Violin
Alice Ding (11) Violin
Ashley Fu (11) Violin
Jason Fu (9) Viola
Giorgio Graziano (12) Viola
Kevin Jin (9) Viola
Viktor Kuru (12) Violin
James Lekas (10) Cello
Melissa Li (10) Violin Xinru Li (11) Viola
Martin Berg (12) French Horn
Alyssa Lee (9) Oboe
Lana Millman (10) French Horn

Concert Percussion plays Trashed Out

YouTube Video

The video was shot on our phones and edited by Alex Shepardson and Zach Kanjirath.

Spring Jazz Fundraiser

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Hinsdale Community House local jazz artist, Shawn Maxwell, joins the Hinsdale Central Jazz Program at the annual Spring Jazz Fundraiser Concert. $5 individual tickets and $10 family tickets will be sold at the door. Donate a used instrument and get in for free. All proceeds are donated to Schools Count Corp, the foundation of Dick Flesher, former Central Teacher, and will go to support the band program at LaVizzo Elementary in the Chicago Public Schools. Students should arrive at 5:30 pm to set up and sound check and dress up for the performance.

Shawn Maxwell, Guest Artist

London's New Year's Day Parade 2016

Now that we have had a little time to digest our London experiences and catch up on sleep we want to put together a few final thoughts about the trip.

Online Survey
If you participated in the trip, please take a few minutes to fill out our own LNYDP 2016 Google form as well as the Youth Music of the World Survey about your experience.


Jazz Ensemble Performance at Mullen's

Jazz Ensemble performing at Mullen's

The Hinsdale Central Jazz Ensemble recently performed at Mullen's Bar & Grille in Lisle along with the Pete Ellman Big Band.  Thanks to Pete Ellman and Ellman's Music for providing the performance opportunity and to Mullen's for hosting an outstanding event.

Performing Arts Calendar

The Performing Arts Calendar has been entered into Google.  You can sync it to your phone or desktop and always access it through our website.  Click on the Google logo and use your personal Google account to open a full page calendar that you can customize.  Or just click on our Calendar link.

Early Bird Schedule

Jazz classes will begin on Thursday, September 1, with a B Day: Jazz Lab with an information meeting. Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Band will begin on Friday, September 2 .

The early bird classes meet every-other-day from 7:00 to 7:50 am on a two-week rotating schedule. On designated Monday late starts, early bird will run from 8:00 to 8:40 am.

A DAY: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra
B DAY: Jazz Lab, Orchestra Winds & Percussion
Late Start Mondays


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Jazz Ensemble

Studio E
Free Coffee


Jazz Band
The Leftovers
D Major






2014 IMEC Percussion Demonstration Clinic

Congratulations to the Concert Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble percussionists on their combined acceptance to perform in a demonstration clinic at the Illinois Music Educators Association’s (IMEA) Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) in the Peoria Civic Center at 3:45 pm on Friday, January 24, 2014.

This conference is hosted by IMEA, part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), whose mission is to promote and support music as a vital component in the complete education of every child.

Each March, IMEA accepts applications to perform and present at the next year’s “All-State” Conference.  Applicants must submit recordings of two music selections as well as respond to questions about the program, department, school, and surrounding community.  A panel of music educators not affiliated with IMEA judge the recordings, which are anonymous and do not contain school identification.  Several schools or presenters in each division (band, orchestra, choir, jazz, and general music) are selected to perform as featured ensembles or present clinic sessions at the annual conference.  Selected ensembles perform a 30 minute concert or 60 minute demonstration clinic for an audience of music educators.    

IMEA does not operate as a competitive organization.  Therefore, being selected as a featured ensemble for the IMEA “All-State” Conference is one of the highest honors that a high school ensemble can receive in Illinois.  Many music educators consider it “winning the state title” for the year.  

Director Matt Kurinsky and Associate Director Matt Goeke are proud of the growth of the Hinsdale Central percussion students and the music program.  They feel that this recognition highlights the exceptional musicianship of their students, the overall excellence of the band program, and the great amount of support provided by the administration, school board, and Hinsdale community.  The demonstration clinic will be an opportunity to share the successful aspects of our percussion program with music educators from across the state.