About Denver Harpist
Barbara Weiger Lepke-Sims

Experienced and caring harpist, performer, educator, live therapeutic musician, consultant, and administrator

Barbara Lepke-Sims Colorado Harpist Portrait

Harpist & Professional Credentials

Harpist and Professional Experience

Therapeutic Music

Barbara positively influences the healing process for numerous patients and staff through live therapeutic music. She supports both harpists and other musicians.

  • Supports hospital live therapeutic music programs through consulting services including event and meeting presentations
  • Mentors live therapeutic musicians
  • Deep understanding of the science of the art of live therapeutic music
  • More than a decade of experience in the healthcare field
  • Centura Health, Certified Music Practitioner
  • Children's Hospital Colorado, Certified Music Practitioner
  • Centura Health, Healing Arts Program Coordinator
  • Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), Colorado Area Coordinator
  • Former MHTP Advisory Board Member and Board of Directors

Please watch my interview with Sheryl Bullock to learn more about my life story and therapeutic music


Barbara offers personalized harp music for a variety of life events including weddings, celebrations of life, memorial services, and leadership/corporate gatherings.

  • Harpist for hundreds of events since 1978
  • Played for many U.S. presidents and named "Harpist of the Presidents" by George H.W. Bush
  • Event VIPs include presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Denver mayors, Colorado governors, and dignitaries including Madeline Albright
  • Denver Symphony Orchestra
  • Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra
  • Colorado Music Festival
  • Colorado Ballet
  • Lone Tree, Lakewood, and Boulder Symphonies
  • Broadway musicals including more than 1000 performances of The Fantasticks
  • Young Audiences, Lincoln Center Student programs, Colorado Children's Chorale, Young Voices of Colorado, and The Colorado Chorale


Barbara teaches harp to students of all levels from beginner to collegiate.

Administration and Leadership

Barbara has more than 30 years of leadership experience both as a harpist and as an administrator.

  • USA International Harp Competition, Board Member at Large, 2019 to present
  • Healing Arts Program Coordinator, Centura Health, 2015 to present
  • Harp in Worship Conference, Co-Chair, 2017
  • American Harp Society (AHS) Highlights:
    • Board of Directors 1992-1998, 2001-2007, 2010-2016
    • Chairman of the Board, 1995-1998
    • Media Group Coordinator, 1996-2016
    • National Conference, Denver, CO, Co-Chair, 1988
    • Presidential Advisory Committee, 1995-present
    • Strategic Planning Committee, Chair, 1995-2016
    • Website Liaison, 1996-2010
  • AHS Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006-2012
  • AHS Journal, Editorial Board, 1995-2016
  • Boulder Public Library Concert Series, Director, 1987-1994
  • Harp Fantasia, Director, for several years, Lakewood Cultural Center Concert Series

Honors and Awards


I welcome the opportunity to speak with you. If you're curious to learn more about how one of my offerings may be a good fit for you, please reach out.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5