"absolutely wonderful" - "charming presence" - "well-played, polished and professional" - "wholeheartedly recommend the marvelous Janice"
"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
"Janice certainly rose to the occasion. Shelter in Place meant that I could no longer take my child in for private harp lessons. With well-placed laptops, we were able to continue lessons on Zoom.us.
Janice can see my child's fingers as she plays enabling her to offer corrections, encouragement, and advice just as she did when we had in-person sessions. Janice is able to maintain incredible engagement, one of her hallmarks.
My child looks forward to online lessons and says she is learning, so I figure that is the best endorsement." -Tanya E.
“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.
“Janice Ortega has been the best thing for my technique in the past ten years.”
“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.”
“Amazing. I wish she were my teacher for all my classes.”
“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
"My young daughter has been taking harp lessons with Janice for over a year now. Janice teaches with such an unique energy, love of music, and appreciation for children-we always leave her lessons energized! She has taught my daughter so much already.
More recently, we pivoted to doing remote lessons by Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I did initially wonder how it was going to go but it has surpassed our expectations! We place my laptop on a table very close to my daughter and the harp, and Janice is able to see all of her fingering and music.
We have been "Zoom-harping" every week for almost two months now, and I'm so grateful that Janice has been flexible with us in this way. It has allowed my daughter to continue learning harp, and it has brought music into our family during a difficult time. We LOVE Janice!!!" -H.H.
“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.
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“Course: Very valuable! Instructor: Great Teacher! Very enthusiastic! Other: I love Harp Ensemble!”
“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)."
“Course: An asset to the school and community! Instructor: Always enthusiastic and creative!”
“Course: Learning by leaps and bounds. Instructor: Supportive, encouraging. Other: Excellent teacher!