About Janelle

 Janelle Lake is a professional harpist based in Chicago performing harp music  from Debussy in Oak Brook, IL to jazz in Switzerland.  As the principal harpist of the Elmhurst Symphony and Southwest Symphony Orchestras, Janelle Lake works under many batons: Dr. Alltop, David Crane, Jay Friedman, Ricardo Muti, and Cliff Colnot (Civic Orchestra).  Previous years include harp adventures performing with Van Dyke Parks  (song writer for the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson) playing the daily tea and demitasse at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (audience included Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney) and at Julius Meinl and the Drake Hotel in Chicago (audience included President Obama).  

Janelle Lake's teaching studios include over 20 students between the ages of five and 89 (private, Music Connection in Orland Park, and Loyola University).  Her students have won multiple awards including scholarships to Brown University, first place at the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society 2014 competition, Superior Ratings at the Illinois Federation of musicians' Evaluations, and multiple First Class Honors ratings from the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Janelle Lake also serves as the Artistic Director at the Venus Harp Factory in Chicago where she plays each new harp before it is sent around the world.  You can see her on tv on Chicago Revealed.   

Liz Cifani, retired Lyric Opera harpist taught Janelle Lake at Northwestern University during her Bachelor and Master's degrees in Music Performance.   Janelle recently released her first CD of French and Czech harp music titled Moonlight in a Pool.