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Music Department Staff

Patrick Maag
Art & Music District Department Chair

Jennifer Burkemper
Choir Director

Mary Ann Cook
CTE & Music Administrative Assistant

Matt Goeke
Band Director

Matt Kurinsky
Band Director

Kiyona Ohshika
Choir Accompanist

Serge Penksik
Band & Orchestra Director

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).

Rome's New Year's Day Parade 2020

The Red Devil Marching Band is currently planning a trip to Rome. More information is available on the Band page.

Exchange Concert With Duxbury High School March 7, 2019

On Thursday, March 7, Hinsdale students, with Bob Rogers Travel, will host a shared concert with the touring Duxbury High School band, choir, and orchestra. The band and orchestra concert will begin at 8AM and finish at 10AM. Students will then enjoy some time together to visit. The choir will be sharing their music later in the day beginning at 11:45 and enjoying lunch together.

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 HCHS Music Department Spiritwear link

The link is open and will close on November 22. So don't miss your chance to support your high school music department.


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.

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 3, 2019 with an A Day: Jazz Band and Ensemble. Jazz Lab Information meeting will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 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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Non-Attendance Day

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ILMEA District 1 & All-State Participants

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, over 100 Hinsdale Central High School music students, along with several thousand 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, 42 students were invited to participate in the Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 10, at Hinsdale Central High School, and the District Festival on Saturday, November 17, at Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL.  The top seated students at the district festivals, in bold below, were invited to participate in the All-State and Honors ensembles during the Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) January 24-26, 2019, 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.

Chinmay Amin (11), Euphonium
Aryan Bahl (10), Euphonium
Elisabeth Bieber (12), Trumpet
Alex Colban (12), Baritone Sax
Evan Eldridge (11), Trumpet
Sean Goldthwaite (12), Alto Sax
Piper Huffman (12), Bb Clarinet
Aya Klos (12), Bb Clarinet
Arun Marion (9), Oboe
Bilal Kahn (10), Percussion

Leah Cecchini (10), Cello
Dov Chen (10), Violin
Daren Chen (12), Violin
James Dowell (9), Cello
Kevin Jin (11), Viola
Justin Lee (12), Violin
Melissa Li (12), Violin
Derek Song (10), Viola
Jeremy Wong (11), Cello
Ethan Greenwald (10), Oboe
Margaret Litwin (12), Bass Clarinet
Lana Millman (12), French Horn
Moses Yawe (10), Trumpet

Jack Chen (12), Tenor I
Emily Condon (12), Soprano I
Jack Doppke (10), Bass I
Elisa Fridholm (12), Soprano I
Hannah Fuechtman (12), Alto II
Emma Gordon (11), Soprano II
Ashley Haggard (12), Soprano II (FMES)
Tess Klygis (11), Alto II
Phillip Mathew (11), Tenor I
Allie Moreton (12), Alto II
Tim Moser (12), Bass II
Lindsay Peters (12), Soprano I
Michelle Shen (12), Soprano I
Richards Thomas (11), Tenor I
Perry Zhao (11), Bass I

Matt Alder (12), Trumpet
Nick Lynch (11), Trumpet
Nick Sutton (12), Drum Set
Moses Yawe (10), Trumpet

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.