Chapter Officers

Susan Wilson is the Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church, where she directs a comprehensive church music program. She received her undergraduate degree from Newberry College and a Master’s Degree in Church Music/Organ from Scarritt Graduate School. She studied organ with Wilma Jensen and Dr. Janette Fishell. She has served churches in full time music ministry in South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona. She has served as the Dean of the Eastern NC AGO chapter as well as Dean of the Western NC AGO chapter.  

Susan Wilson

Dean

Justin L. Addington has recently returned to Savannah and accepted the call to serve as Minister of Music and Organist at First Baptist Church. During Justin‘s previous eight-year stint in Savannah, he served as the Director of Music and Worship at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. He also served a two-year term as dean of our chapter from 2012-2014. During his time away from Savannah, Justin worked to complete a Doctorate of Theology in worship and liturgy. He returns to Savannah with his partner, Evan Goetz, who is the Executive Director of the Tybee Post Theater. 

Justin Addington

Secretary

Jacob Fuhrman is Organist and Director of Music at the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia, and a part-time faculty member at Georgia Southern University. He holds degrees in organ performance from Wheaton College, IL (2012) and the Eastman School of Music (MM, 2014; DMA, 2019). While in graduate school, he was the treasurer for the Rochester, NY chapter of the AGO and a national conference coordinator for the Organ Historical Society. His research focuses on organ accompaniment to Dutch- and English-language metrical psalmody between the Reformation and the late eighteenth century.

Jacob Fuhrman

Treasurer

Suade Anderson is currently the interim Music Director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head and has served in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina since 2012. In his full-time career, he is the Men’s Tailored Specialist at Dillard’s and has been in the men’s suit business for over a decade. He graduated with his B.M. in Voice from Coastal Carolina University. 

Suade Anderson

Member at Large

An Alabama native, Julia Tucker holds a degree in Piano Performance from Auburn University and Masters of Piano Performance and Masters of Organ Performance from Syracuse University where she studied with Dr. Annie Laver. Julia keeps a very active performing schedule as an organist, collaborative pianist, and choral singer.  She was a faculty member at the 2018 Pipe Organ Encounter in Phoenix, Arizona.  Julia has been serving as a church musician since she was an early teenager, and has been active as a professional organist for over a decade. Julia is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University, where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Marshall. She is Assistant Director of Enrollment at the Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Julia Tucker

Member at Large

Thomas J. White was appointed Cantor of Lutheran Church of the Ascension in August 2019. He has served ELCA Lutheran congregations for the past 30 years, most recently in Lexington, KY.  He began playing the organ for Mass at age 12 for his family's home church and also has an extensive background in musical theater, having conducted his high school musicals starting as a sophomore. He went on to earn degrees from Oberlin College in composition and conducting. In Savannah, he is the founding director of "Bach Ascending," a new concert series that launched right before the pandemic.

Tom White

Member at Large

Rev. James C. Richardson, AAGO, is retired from Savannah’s First Baptist Church after serving as Minister for Worship and Fine Arts as well as Organist and Music Director from 1971 through 2012. He returned in an interim capacity from 2019 through 2021. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music, magna cum laude, from Mars Hill College (now University) in Mars Hill, North Carolina, and a Master of Church Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He studied organ at Mars Hill with Donna Robertson, and at Southern Seminary with James Good and Donald Hustad. James has served as Dean of the Savannah Chapter AGO on four separate occasions. 

Rev. James Richardson

Chaplain

Rebecca McClain

Past Dean

Rebecca McClain is Organist at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savannah. A native of Savannah, she retired as Chief Financial Officer of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools in 2015. She currently maintains a private piano studio. Rebecca received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Wesleyan College, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Wesleyan, and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.  She recently completed a Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College, and is currently enrolled in the M.A. Music program at Wesleyan, with a concentration in organ. Rebecca recently completed five years as dean of the Savannah AGO Chapter.