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New Faces in the Orchestra

September 21, 2016

Audiences at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts this fall will see three new faces onstage: Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, clarinetist Socrates Villegas, and Angela Bilger, who joins the ensemble for a one-year appointment as acting fourth horn.

Priscilla Lee is a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. She began studying at age five and made her solo debut in 1998 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A native of California, she studied at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and in 1998 went on to the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2005 she received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. She resides in Newtown Square, PA, with her husband, Philadelphia Orchestra violist Burchard Tang, and their two daughters.

  Photo by J.J. Tiziou

A native of Mexico, Socrates Villegas served as principal clarinet with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. He has held clarinet positions with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Toluca, and the Orchestre de la Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. He received his Master of Music degree from Temple University, a Cours de perfectionnement from the Versailles Conservatory in France, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the National Conservatory in Mexico City.

 Photo by Gerardo Ledezma




Angela Bilger is a native of Jacksonville, FL. She began studying piano at age six and horn at age 10. She attended Florida State University and the Juilliard School, where she received her master’s degree. She is currently a member of the adjunct faculties of Drexel and Temple universities. She was also acting fourth horn with the Orchestra during the 2008-09 season.

Read their full bios on our website.

Photo by Joanne Bening