Janice Ortega is a native of San Mateo and began her studies of the harp at the age of ten. She graduated with honors in Music from California State University, Hayward. Scholarships enabled her to continue graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands.
Janice has performed in Europe with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Liege (Belgium) Orkestra Philharmonique, Limburg (Holland) Symphony Orchestra, Gianville Symphony in Milan, Italy, and the Von Karajan Orchestra (Berlin). She made many European television and radio appearances as soloist and as a member of the California d'Oro Chamber Players.
Janice received the Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands and the Master of Music Degree in harp performance from Indiana University under the direction of Susann McDonald. She also studied with Juilliard Professor Nancy Allen at the Aspen School of Music.
Janice is currently on the Music faculty of California State University, East Bay. She is active as both a classical and pop musician in the Bay Area. Janice has performed for several years as soloist and in ensemble settings with the symphony orchestras of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, the Peninsula Civic Light Opera, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and with the Seabourn Cruise Line.