Professional Bio

  • M.B.A., University of Colorado
  • M.M., Juilliard School of Music
  • B.M.E. with Honors, University of Colorado
  • Certificate in Theology, Denver Seminary
Barbara W. Lepke-Sims teaches applied harp at Regis. She has been a professional harpist since 1978 when she received her Master of Music at The Juilliard School studying under Susann McDonald. Since then she has focused on three areas within the music field; teaching, performing and administration.

As an educator, Barbara has taught all levels of instruction including teaching at Colorado State University, Colorado Academy, in her private studio and in Jefferson County schools where she started an harp ensemble which was invited to play at many important District and community service functions. In addition to teaching harp at Regis, she is currently the Harp Instructor at Colorado Christian University.

As a performer, Barbara has performed in many capacities: as a soloist, with chamber ensembles and as a regular member or guest of many orchestras in Colorado. Performance highlights include work with the Denver Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Ballet, Lonetree Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Musica Sacra Orchestra, touring Broadway musicals, Young Audiences and Lincoln Center Student programs. Barbara has also played at least 500 performances of “The Fantasticks," including a six-month engagement at the Sullivan St. Playhouse in Gr eenwich Village, NY. As a freelance performer Barbara has had the opportunity to play for Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. Bush and Gerald Ford; Governors Owens, Romer, and Lamm; and for Mayors Hickenlooper, Webb and Pena.

As an administrator, Barbara has been very active in the American Harp Society having served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the 1988 National AHS Conference in Denver, Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee and in many other capacities.She was also Director of the Boulder Public Library Series for many years. Barb has been Director of the Harp Fantasia concert for the last several years. This concert features a fifty person harp ensemble.

Barbara loves to ski, take walks in the mountains, go on vacation with her family and spend time with her two college-age sons.