Weddings and Events Harpist
The Perfect Melody
My decades of experience are helpful in advising couples on their music selection. I have a passion for the harp and enjoy playing a wide variety of music from Bach to Rock! I play Classical, Pop, Latin, Celtic, Christian, and Jewish harp music. I adapt the music of contemporary artists from Aerosmith to Van Morison for the harp.
I take seriously my commitment to perform my best for a wedding ceremony. That means arriving early to the wedding and being in place to perform while the first guests begin arriving for the ceremony and playing throughout the recessional of guests.
Let's meet on Zoom regarding your event. No sign-up is required. Email a date and time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the link in my reply to meet at the scheduled time.
Contact me: 415-378-3413
A Few Words about Janice
I completed graduate studies in harp performance at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands on scholarship, under the direction of Phia Berghout, described by the UK Independent as “arguably the most influential harpist this century.” I studied Harp Performance at Aspen Music School on scholarship with Julliard Professor Nancy Allen, principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. I earned the Master of Music degree in harp performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, under the direction of Susann McDonald, one of the great harpists and harp teachers in the world.
I served as Harpist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, highly regarded as the world's leading orchestra. I later performed with symphony orchestras in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Germany, and festival orchestras in Tanglewood, MA, and Aspen, CO.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, my credits include performances at:
Third Baptist Church San Francisco
St. Francis Hotel
The Mark Hopkins
Sheraton Palace Hotel
The Legion of Honor
The DeYoung Museum
The Palace of Fine Arts
The Symphony Orchestras of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose
the Peninsula Civic Light Opera
the San Jose Civic Light Opera
Stanford University Lively Arts Chamber Recital.
I frequently perform at:
The Legion of Honor
The San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
The San Francisco City Club
Cole Mansion and Ralston Hall (Burlingame)
City of Palo Alto Gamble Garden Foundation
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties
"Janice was absolutely wonderful at my wedding! Janice even learned the theme to Star Trek: Deep Space 9 for us, which turned out beautifully on the harp. I highly recommend Janice!" - H. Kovacs
"Hi, Janice. You recently provided the beautiful harp music for my daughter’s wedding... …know how much your music added to the beauty and solemnity of the occasion. Sarah and Michael searched for quite a while to find the right person and they were lucky to find you. It is obvious that there have been many years of loving practice involved. Thanks again!" S. Beresh
“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
“Just want to thank you so very much for playing your beautiful harp at the wedding last week while sick! Even though you weren’t feeling well, you did your usual beautiful job.” F. Ullrich
“…the wonderful music that we had for the Funeral Mass held at St. Augustine’s… We were particularly grateful that you were able to respond to our last-minute request. The soothing tones of the harp were so appropriate to the occasion, and your technical expertise was very apparent. We will never forget your contribution to the sad but beautiful service… …thank you for sharing your musical gifts with us.” J. Stauffer
“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, reviewing the Festival of Harps.