We proudly introduce our first Gerald Anderson Scholarship winner: Michael Brewer of Marion, Virginia.
Michael Brewer works for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and has been with The Henderson for over three years. Michael teaches banjo, guitar and upright bass in our Junior Appalachian Musician (HendersonJAM) program. Michael has volunteered as Shop Steward for both wood turning and in our Gerald Anderson Lutherie for the past two years. He was awarded the first annual Gerald Anderson Scholarship in November 2020. Michael received this award because Gerald had agreed to take Michael on as an apprentice prior to Gerald’s passing. We saw it fit to follow through on Gerald’s wish and offered the initial award to Michael.
This past year, Michael taught our first lutherie class for middle school students as a Junior Appalachian Artisan (HendersonJAAr) instructor. Their first project was a canjo, and next year they will expand into a box guitar and ukulele.
Michael was first introduced to lutherie when he was eleven years old when his father took him to visit Gerald Anderson’s workshop in Troutdale, Virginia. The experience made a lasting impression on Michael and today he honors Gerald by working in the lutherie that is dedicated to Gerald’s memory.