Music Department Home


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

Teresa Bruns
Music & English Administrative Assistant

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.

New York City's Veteran's Day Parade 2017

Solo and Ensemble Best-at-site Awards

Solo/Ensemble Best-at-site Awards

Music Department Web Store

The Web Store, is the place to purchase equipment, performance attire, and pay to join the Music Parents Association (MPA).

Hinsdale Central Music Department Spiritwear
Gildan Adult DryBlend Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt

Support the HCHS music department by wearing your Red Devil gear made possible by the Music Parents Association. You can find HCHS spiritwear by clicking on the link


Rome's New Year's Day Parade 2020

The Red Devil Marching Band received an invitation to perform in the New Year's Day Parade in Rome, Italy, on January 1, 2020. If you are currently in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, or a parent chaperone, please help us gauge interest in pursuing this opportunity by filling out the HCHS New Year's Day Parade in Rome form as soon as possible and only once per person. Hinsdale Central's bands have historically traveled every other year and alternate between a less expensive, long weekend trip and a longer, more costly destination like this.

The trip is largely all inclusive, will likely run from December 27, 2019, through January 3, 2020, and is currently priced at $3495 per person for double occupancy rooms. Chaperones will have the option to pay additional for a single room. You can look through a Sample Band Itinerary, for more information about sight seeing and meal options.

This form is only a survey and is not what you use to join the trip. You will need to officially register and pay a deposit after the school board approves the trip. An example payment schedule would be as follows: $495 on 12/1/18, $750 on 2/15/19, 4/15/19, 8/15/19, and 10/15/19. The first $100 is non-refundable and all other payments are non-refundable after 5/1/19. The cost of the trip includes trip insurance.

If you are interested in joining the band as a chaperone or if you have multiple children interested in the trip, fill out the form for each person. If you are not interested in this trip, please give us a negative response using the form. If you know any families with 8th grade band students, please forward this information.

Concerto/Aria Winners

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

Concert Percussion plays Trashed Out

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 Tuesday, September 4, 2018 with an A Day: Jazz Band and Ensemble. Jazz Lab Information meeting will be on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:00AM in 167. If interested, fill out the Jazz Lab interest form.

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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ILMEA District 1 & All-State Participants

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 99 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 11, at Thornridge High School in Dolton, IL, and the District Festival on Saturday, November 18, at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.  The top seated students at the district festivals, whose names are bold in the list below, were invited to participate in the All-State and Honors ensembles during the Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) January 25-27, 2018, in Peoria, IL.  Please join me in congratulating the students listed below as well as the band directors, Matt Goeke and Matt Kurinsky, the choir director, Jen Burkemper, and the orchestra director, Serge Penksik.

Aryan Bahl (9), Euphonium
Josh Budziak (9), Tuba
Alexander Colban (11), Baritone Sax, All-State Band
Jacinda Eskander (12), Flute
Sean Goldthwaite (11), Alto Sax
Yusuf Husain (12), Flute
Anne Kuckertz (11), Bassoon
Margaret Litwin (11), Bass Clarinet, Honors Band
Davis Miller (12), Bb Clarinet
Navdeep Natt (10), Tenor Sax

Chase Ackerson (12), Violin, Honors Orchestra
Dov Chen (9), Violin
Alice Ding (12), Violin, All-State Orchestra
Ashley Fu (12), Violin
Jason Fu (10), Viola
Kevin Jin (10), Viola, Honors Orchestra
James Lekas (11), Cello
Melissa Li (11), Violin
Xinru Li (12), Viola, Honors Orchestra
Derek Song (9), Viola
Qianfan Song (12), Viola
Chinmay Amin (10), Euphonium
Elisabeth Bieber (11), Trumpet
Krise Dang (12), Trumpet, Honors Band
Ben Lotsoff (12), Trombone, Honors Band
Katherine Marcotte (12), Flute, Honors Band
Ethan Wang (12), French Horn, Honors Band

Ziheng Chen (12), Tenor, Honors Choir
Emily Goggin (11), Alto II
Alex Hughes (12), Soprano II
Juliana Mejia (12), Alto I
Megan Melia (12), Alto I
Allie Moreton (11),Alto II
Timothy Moser (11),Bass II, All-State Choir
Kaitlyn Phillips (12), Alto I, Honors Choir
Michelle Shen (11), Soprano I, All-State Choir
Duncan Usher (11), Tenor II, Honors Choir

Raunak Malhotra (12), Tenor Sax Jazz - Ensemble IV
Davis Miller (12), Tenor Sax - Jazz Ensemble IV
Suhaib Qasim (12),  Trombone - Jazz Ensemble III

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.