Director of Music and Organist
Billy Fallaw, MM
Billy Fallaw, MM, was appointed Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Conway January 1, 2008. He is a native of Union, South Carolina and has degrees from Winthrop University and Converse College.
He was previously Director of Music and Arts and Principal Organist at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, S.C. and Choirmaster and Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned and led an expansion of the Brunzema Tracker Organ to three manuals and an enclosed division. He has sung with the auditioned Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus and has worked with Robert Shaw, James Conlon, Sir Neville Mariner, Andre Previn, and Helmuth Rilling.
In addition, Mr. Fallaw has led choirs in performances at historic Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has conducted members of the Charlotte, North Carolina Symphony in performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and members of the Greenville, South Carolina Symphony in performances of Rutter’s Requiem and Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat. In adition, he was directed a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina. He has served on the South Carolina Conference Commission on Worship, the Metropolitan Music Ministry Board of Directors in Charlotte, North Carolina and as South Carolina United Methodist Conference Organist. In 2010, Mr. Fallaw led an effort to charter a chapter of American Guild of Organists on the Grandstrand of South Carolina. That chapter became a reality for professional and amateur organists in our area. Mr. Fallaw was elected Dean of the new chapter, AGO Grandstrand.
Mr. Fallaw is a member of the Anglican Association of Musicians, American Guild of Organists, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Royal School of Church Music in America. He has been a solo winner of the Music Teachers' Association competition held at Columbia College and inducted into the 2008 Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.
At FUMC, Mr. Fallaw is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive music program that incorporates many talented people from within the church. He presides over the church's Schantz Pipe Organ, 34/III. Mr. Fallaw works closely with the minister and worship committee to provide many opportunities for spiritual growth through performing arts within this community of faith.
Mr. Fallaw is married to the Reverend Jo Anna Fallaw and has three children: Will, Ann Morgan, and Ross.