Music at Woodhouse 

15 anniversary year

Monika Saunders
Artistic director

Monika Saunders founded the Woodhouse Music in 2000 and the Woodhouse Opera in 2005.

Having studied piano in her youth, after a non-musical career path, Monika returned to her biggest passion first as a producer.

In 2007 she debuted as a stage director. Works directed by her include: Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek, Hansel und Gretel by Humperdinck, Acis and Galathea by Handel, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart just to name a few.

Monika has made it her life's work to creating opportunities and a platform for young professional singers and musicians at the beginning of their careers.

Marcio da Silva
www.marciodasilva.com

Born in Brazil, Marcio da Silva studied singing and graduated from the Conservatoire de Toulouse, France. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany. He got his master’s degree in conducting from the Royal College of Music in London.
Marcio has conducted the Pforzheimkammerorchester (Germany), Orchestra Sinfonica della Magna Grecia (Italy), Horizon Ensemble Bydgoszcz (Poland), Württembergische Philharmonie (Germany), Südwestdeutschephilharmonie Konstanz (Germany), Stuttgartkammerorchester (Germany), Nord Tchechische Philarmonie (Czech Republic),Orquestra Sinfonica de Minas Gerais (Brazil), Eskişehir Metropolitan Orchestra (Turkey), Çukurova Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosovo) and London Symphony Orchestra (UK) during a Masterclass with Sir Colin Davis.
He was one of the three finalists at the I Princess Astrid Conducting Competition in Norway with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
He is also the music director of the Grange Choral Society, Hastings Philharmonic, and Ensemble OrQuesta.
As music director of Woodhouse Opera since 2012 Marcio has conducted and stage directed over 20 fully staged productions of operas ranging from less often performed works like Lully's Armide to very popular works like Carmen, Magic Flute and La Boheme. 
His oratorio repertoire is also vast having conducted most of the main stream romantic and baroque oratorio pieces. 
Marcio also acts as a composer. His works include choral a capella pieces, art songs with piano accompaniment and a Te Deum for soloists, chorus and orchestra. He also acts extensively as a singer in chamber music and opera.

Stephanie Gurga
Assistant music director (Cenerentola, Falstaff)

American pianist and harpsichordist Stephanie Gurga completed studies in piano and organ at DePauw University, Indiana, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique, in Paris, France, before specializing in performance practice on historical keyboards.  She went on to complete a "Kunsterlische Ausbildung" in harpsichord performance, as well as a master's degree in fortepiano performance, from the Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.  Featured internationally as soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician, on harpsichord, fortepiano, and the modern piano, she is also on staff as accompanist at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg, in Lausanne and Sion, Switzerland, since 2010.

American pianist and harpsichordist Stephanie Gurga completed studies in piano and organ at DePauw University, Indiana, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique, in Paris, France, before specializing in performance practice on historical keyboards.  She went on to complete a "Kunsterlische Ausbildung" in harpsichord performance, as well as a master's degree in fortepiano performance, from the Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.  Featured internationally as soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician, on harpsichord, fortepiano, and the modern piano, she is also on staff as accompanist at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg, in Lausanne and Sion, Switzerland, since 2010.