The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience
— Leo Tolstoy

About Musician’s Well

Musicians don’t often speak of their injuries, but for a musician experiencing an injury or affected by a debilitating condition, connecting with those who have gone through something similar can make all the difference. Musician’s Well seeks to become a place where stories can be shared openly for the benefit of our musical community. 

Of course, every injury, every person, and every situation is different. One of the first bits of advice I received after my own injury was, “The only rule is there is no rule,” and that seems to have been true in my case. There are no answers that apply to every person, but there are stories; and if each story can offer an idea, a fresh perspective, a partial answer, or simply a sense of not being alone, then it is worth collecting and sharing our experiences. 

I am extremely grateful for the generosity of all those willing to contribute to this website, and it is my hope that these stories will inspire, guide, and support the many musicians out there who need it.  - Angela Bilger


Curator of Musician's Well, French hornist Angela Cordell Bilger enjoys a freelance career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator in the Philadelphia area. She plays frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra where she spent the 2008-2009 and 2016-2017 seasons as Acting Fourth Horn, and she is a member of Opera Philadelphia where she plays Second Horn. Angela has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s,  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Columbia Sinfonietta, and in many Broadway shows during her years as a freelancer in New York City. In addition, she spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Angela is an adjunct faculty member at Temple University. She blogs at