Frequently Asked Harp Questions (FAQs)

Barbara Lepke-Sims Colorado Harpist Portrait

Welcome to My FAQs

Welcome to my frequently asked harp questions section.  You can find many answers to the questions are you looking for including, my availability, payment methods, and my services.  If you still have additional questions, please contact me or request a quote and I will respond as soon as possible.  Have a wonderful day!

Frequently Asked Harp Questions Regarding Playing for Harp Events, Weddings, Funerals, etc

What locations do you play?  Do you drive to locations outside of Denver?

Barbara Lepke-Sims plays for events around the Denver Metro Area and the surrounding mountain areas in Colorado.  These areas include: Denver, Greeley, Boulder, Vail, Aspen, Estes Park, Colorado Springs, Keystone, and Breckenridge. Barbara charges different amounts based upon locations outside of the Denver Metro area, so please contact her to receive more information or request a quote.

What type of music do you play and can we hear a sample before we hire you?

Barbara plays a range of music from classical to pop music and more. You can always listen to sample music on her page, buy a CD, or contact her for an in-person or virtual consultation.

Do you play for outside events?

Yes, Barbara plays for outside events based upon the time of year and weather forecast.  The harp is a sensitive instrument and cannot be exposed to rain, snow, or extreme temperatures.  It typically works best when there is a backup option to play inside if the weather does not cooperate.  Barbara has played for many beautiful outdoor venues, including at the top of Vail mountain.

Do you provide sound equipment or other ways to make the harp louder?

Yes, depending on the size of the venue, Barbara brings her own audio equipment and mic to increase the sound.  Barb reviews the venue with you beforehand to make this judgement, but it is typically not needed for small-medium indoor venues.

What is the cost of your services?

Barbara Lepke-Sims provides many harp services including playing for formal events, weddings, therapeutic music and more.  Much of the charge includes several factors including the type of service, length of performance, location of the event, and traveling distance. Please contact me for a custom price quote based upon your needs.

What are your credentials?

Barbara Lepke-Sims has been a harpist for over 40+ years.  She has received her Masters of Music from The Julliard School, her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, among many other credentials and awards. You can learn more about Barbara here.


Frequently Asked Harp Questions Regarding Live Therapeutic Music (LTM) One-on-one Sessions

1. What does a live therapeutic music (LTM) session look like?

The Certified Music Practitioner, (CMP) enters the patient’s room, assesses the patient’s condition and then plays, according to their training by MHTP, to create a healing and therapeutic environment, which promotes healing.

2. What kinds of music does a Certified Music Practitioner play?

A CMP is prepared to play therapeutic music for any healthcare situation, whether it be an emergency, chronic or end of life situation. Therefore, their repertoire is varied.

3. How long is a typical session?

The average session is usually between 20-45 minutes, depending on the situation.

4. What healthcare situations would benefit the most from LTM?

There are many situations where LTM can be beneficial. It can help with reducing anxiety, stabilizing blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation. It may help one shift into the Relaxation Response, which would then help the negative cortisol in your body be replaced with positive endorphins. The live therapeutic music can also help provide comfort, help reduce the perception of pain and provide a distraction.

5. Does Live Therapeutic Music help with Resilience?

Yes, helping one become less anxious and stressed, through LTM, can help one cope with the daily stresses of life.

6. How is Live Therapeutic Music delivered?

It is ideal for a Certified Music Practitioner to play in person. However, in this era of COVD-19, one may receive services virtually.

7. How does the virtual session work?

The Certified Music Practitioner may either use Face time or Zoom to connect with the patient. The patient would need a device to be able to receive this technology. In general, the quality of music via Face Time, is better quality than zoom.

8. How much does a session cost?

Within a 10 mile radius of the CMP’s home, the cost is $150 per hour and/or any portion of an hour, which includes travel time. Beyond 10 miles, mileage would be charged.

Virtually, the cost is $75 per hour and/or any portion of the hour.

9. How do I make my payment?

Please pay through the on-line button of SacredSpace using Paypal.

10. How do I book my session?

Please contact me via my contact page.

If you still have more questions, please contact me here.