Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Janelle Jansen Lake

Title/s:  Instructor of Harp

Office #:  Mundelein 174

Phone: 773.508.7510



Janelle Lake is a professional harpist based in Chicago performing harp music from Debussy in Oak Brook to jazz in Switzerland. As the principal harpist of the Elmhurst Symphony and Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Janelle Lake has worked under many batons: Dr. Alltop, David Crane, Jay Friedman, Ricardo Muti, and Cliff Colnot (Civic Orchestra). 

Previous years include harp adventures spanning from performing with Van Dyke Parks (song writer for the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson) to performing for the daily tea and demitasse at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (audience included Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney) and at the Drake Hotel in Chicago (audience included President Obama).

Janelle Lake's teaching studios include over 30 students between the ages of six and 89 (private Chicago studio, Music Connection in Orland Park, and Loyola University). 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. 

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. When not playing harp, Janelle Lake enjoys swimming (synchronized, scuba diving, and shark diving), mountain hiking (Mt. Kilimanjaro, Table Mountain), and cooking.


M.A. in Music Performance, Northwestern University

B.A. in Music Performance, Northwestern University