Janice Ortega, San Francisco Bay Area Harpist

“I wholeheartedly recommend the marvelous Janice Ortega, whose angelic skills with her harp absolutely made the Preview Gala for the Friends of the Foster City Library’s top donors.

Her musical repertoire from classical to current was delightful, and her charming presence enhanced her music.

The guests at our Gala were warm in their praise, and we will unhesitatingly call on her for every special occasion we have.”  

 -- Eileen Larsen, Mayor of Foster City

“This was a beautiful presentation, well-played, polished and professional.

The Shapiro is a wonderful piece which you played brilliantly, without a hitch.  

Your speaking and general rapport with the audience was excellent and I loved the Mozart, as did the entire audience.”  

 -- Linda Rollo, American Harp Society Concert Artists Program Auditions

“I never realized the sheer size of sound of which the harp is capable! ...a spectacular piece that gave Ms. Ortega the chance to demonstrate her virtuosity.  She left us in awe of her skills.”    

 -- David Stafford, KKUP Radio, Cupertino, the Festival of Harps review

Student Comments, MUS 3234-01, APPLIED HARP, California State University East Bay:

“Janice Ortega has been the best thing for my technique in the past ten years.” - Fall Quarter 2010

“Janice Ortega is the reason I
selected CSUEB. Her wealth of knowledge and vast experience as well as a superb analytical mind make her an ideal harp teacher.” - Spring Quarter 2010.

“Amazing. I wish she were my teacher for all my classes.” - Winter Quarter 2009.

“Janice Ortega is an absolutely superb teacher. She is teaching on a level that I have not experienced before and it is quite clear that she has a wealth of knowledge gleaned from an impressive musical background.” - Winter Quarter 2009.

“Janice was the primary reason that I chose CSU East Bay. Ms. Ortega is well known as a superb instructor, and is one of the finest I have had.” - Fall Quarter 2008.

Student Comments, MUS 3506-05, HARP ENSEMBLE, California State University East Bay:

“Course: Very valuable!
Instructor: Great Teacher! Very enthusiastic! Other: I love Harp Ensemble!” - Winer Quarter, 2004.

“Course: An interesting class! Instructor: Very nice and excellent teacher!” - Winter Quarter, 2003.

“Course: Great opportunity to learn skills for playing with a group. Instructor: Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Other: Please keep this class around forever. The harp needs to be heard (and learned). - Fall Quarter, 2002.

“Couse: An asset to the school and community! Instructor: Always enthusiastic and creative!” - Fall Quarter, 2001.

“Couse: Learning by leaps and bounds. Instructor: Supportive, encouraging. Other: Excellent teacher! - Fall Quarter, 2001.