After-School Programs

Music Lessons

Burke's is proud of its talented and dedicated after-school music instructors! Lessons are open to new students by application and when there is availability. Please contact Ms. Q at for more information! 

Piano Instructors

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  • Louise Nalbandian

    Singer-songwriter and classically-trained pianist Louise Nalbandian celebrates her 15th year of teaching piano here at Burke’s. A native San Franciscan, she has studied with Svetlana Gorzhevskaya (SF Opera) and Dr. Betty Oberacker (Cleveland Institute, UCSB). A graduate of piano performance at UCSB, Louise went on to become a staff piano accompanist at the Ithaca College of Music and has had her own piano studio since 2002. Her approach and aim is to make the experience of playing piano fun, while also imparting a knowledge of key foundational concepts such as technique and theory. Louise’s end goal is to give students the independence and confidence they need to build a lifelong (and loving) relationship with music and with the piano.  
  • Nikki Hillis

    Nikki Hillis credits her love, passion, and drive for music to her early exposure to the piano. After beginning her studies at age 4 on piano, she continued to study privately throughout her undergraduate career at the University of Cincinnati College and as a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has enjoyed the opportunity to play with groups such as the San Francisco Symphony and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Nikki also performs in a quartet for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music Program. Nikki Hillis enjoys helping people of all ages explore what music can bring to their lives through theory, practice, and performance. Nikki’s mission is to create a supportive environment where creativity flows, technique is balanced with musicianship, and execution is balanced with ear development. Her philosophy emphasizes musical learning as a source of joy rather than anxiety.

Violin Instructors

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  • Adrienne Sengpiehl

    Adrienne Sengpiehl has been the principal second violinist of Midsummer Mozart since 1996 and spends Augusts in Idaho as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Since playing with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, she has continued her career actively freelancing with Bay Area orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, Marin Symphony, and Symphony Silicon Valley. As a chamber musician, Adrienne has been heard throughout the Bay Area from Noontime Concerts and Old First Concerts in San Francisco to the Napa Valley Opera House. She has recorded for numerous movie soundtracks, video games, and special projects at Skywalker Ranch. Recently, she performed in the pit orchestra for Soft Power at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. An avid music educator, Adrienne is currently a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Symphony's Music and Mentors Program visiting SFUSD Middle and High Schools, an Artist in Residence at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, creator and instructor of "String Sisters" at Katherine Delmar Burke School, and maintains her private home studio. She is also both former faculty and affiliate teacher for the Virtuoso Program at the San Domenico School, and performer for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music Program. Adrienne is a featured clinician at many summer music institutes, including the Omaha Conservatory of Music Institute, Summer Music Institute/SVSS Music School, Sound Encounters, and formerly at Summer Music West at the San Francisco Conservatory. She is also a Suzuki Violin Method Specialist and enjoys being a mom to two wonderful sons. Ms. Sengpiehl holds a B.M. degree from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and an M.M. in violin performance from the Juilliard School. 

Guitar, Ukulele & Piano Instructor

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  • Van Labrakis

    Van Labrakis is a guitarist, multi instrumentalist, and music producer in San Francisco.
 Since 2003, Van has been teaching guitar, bass, piano, drums, singing, music theory and music production to students of all ages. Originally from Athens, Van has performed, recorded, and taught music in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.


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    Cyndera Quackenbush 

    Director of After School & Summer Programs
    415.751.0187, ext. 371
    San Francisco State University - B.A.
    Pacifica Graduate Institute - M.A.
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