Marion, Virginia

Henderson School Presents: Guitar Summit

The American Evolution The Crooked Road and The Henderson present: A Guitar Summit

Celebrating 400 years of Guitar in Virginia's History!

We are excited to announce that we are the winners of the @Commemorate2019 Grant Program. Our Guitar Summit 2019 in November will take place during the #AmericanEvolution Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival. Join us for a spectacular celebration of the guitar's role in Virginia history!

In 2017 The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail celebrated their release of a CD: A Century of Heritage Guitar with a Guitar Summit held at The Henderson School in Marion, Virginia. The success of our 2017 Summit was well received therefore The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts and The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail has partnered with American Evolution to celebrate the role of the guitar in Virginia’s history. Join us for two days of concerts, workshops, demonstrations and historical presentations.

A rare gathering of Guitarists, Luthiers and Music Historians. 8 rooms of music, performance, handmade instruments and more!

The Schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday, November 23rd

    Lecture Sessions | 11:15 AM | 1:30 PM | 3:30 PM
    • Guitar in The Bristol Sessions and Beyond with Dr. Rene Rodgers, Birthplace of Country
    Music Museum
    • The History of Guitar in SWVA with Ted Olson, ETSU Appalachian Studies Dept.

    Lecture Demonstrations | 10:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 4:15 PM
    • Guitar Styles Workshop with Tori Bartfai, Juan John De Hoyos, Mac Traynham
    • Contest Guitar Playing Workshop with Nick Weitzenfeld, Scott Fore, Jack Hinshelwood

    Performances by Claiborne Woodall, Brandon Davis, Casey Lewis, Steve & Penny Kilby, Doug Rorrer, Taylor Rorrer, Junior Blankenship

  • Sunday, November 24th

    Special Event – Brunch with Wayne & Friends
    The Grand Ballroom | 10:00 AM

    Open Jam at The Henderson | 10:00 AM

    Lecture Demonstrations | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM
    • Inlay with Jayne Henderson
    • Backing up Fiddle Tunes Workshop with Erynn Marshall, Carl Jones, Olen Gardner, Willard Gayheart

    Lecture Sessions | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM
    • Guitars, Old Fords & Hillbilly Music with David Winship, Traditional Music Historian & Educator

    Performances by Scott Freeman, Denny Alley, Blake Collins 


Two dedications will be made on Saturday, November 23rd:

We will dedicate our Lutherie to Gerald Anderson

and our JAM room to Helen White.



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Henderson School 203 Church St, Marion, VA 24354 276-706-4010