Professional Bio

Barbara W. Lepke-Sims is an active and well-known professional harpist in the Denver area. She earned her Master of Music at the Juilliard School of Music in 1978, studying under Susann McDonald. As a versatile and successful musician Barbara focuses on five main areas: education, performance, therapeutic music, administration, and philanthropy.

As an Educator:  Barbara is currently an Affiliate Professor of Applied Harp at Regis University and Colorado Christian University. She is experienced in all levels of instruction including previously teaching at Colorado State University, Colorado Academy, in Jefferson County schools where she started a harp ensemble which was invited to play at many important district and community service events, and in her private studio.

As a Performer:  Barbara performs in many capacities: as a soloist, with chamber ensembles, and as a regular member or guest of many orchestras and choirs in Colorado. Performance highlights include work with the Denver Symphony, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Ballet, Lonetree Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, touring Broadway musicals, Young Audiences, Lincoln Center Student programs, Juilliard Philharmonic, Colorado Children’s Chorale, Young Voices, and The Colorado Chorale. Barbara has recorded four albums - one focusing on Christian music, one as a flute and harp duo, a Christmas recording, and a therapeutic music recording.