A native of Covington, Georgia, William Callaway began his music career at the city's First United Methodist Church, studying with the well-known local teacher Josie Goode. In the eighth grade, he was accepted as a private pupil of Dr. Raymond Martin at Agnes Scott College (Decatur, Georgia). He attended the Eastman School of Music, and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he served as accompanist for the University Chorus. Renowned teachers included Russell Saunders, who accepted Mr. Callaway as the only freshman organ student at Eastman in 1973, and German emigrate Egbert Ennulat. He has performed frequently in the Covington and Atlanta areas, and was heard by local audiences in November 2002 at an organ concert he gave at The First Presbyterian Church for the Newton County Concert Association. Currently, he lives in Atlanta, where he serves as organist for Chamblee United Methodist Church, and as the charter accompanist for the West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society.
With the chorale, he has made a concert tour of
North Carolina with guest artist / organist Hector Olivera. He also was the organist with the Choral Society for the Faure', Rutter, and Durufle' Requiems, excerpts from the Mozart Requiem, and the world premiere performance of Daniel Pinkham's "The Creation of the World", performed at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta with The Philadelphia Brass. At St. Philip he has been a regular performer on the Evensong recital series, and has given recitals and organ dedications at several other prominent Atlanta churches.
As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he has frequently performed as organist or pianist for such
Atlanta events as Christmas at Callanwolde, Decorator's Show House, and banquets at the Governor's Mansion. In recent years, he has accompanied soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, former Soviet Georgia Opera, and Memphis and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. In June of 1994, he had the privilege of giving a solo organ recital at the Cathedral of St. Paul in London, England as part of their summer recital series. On February 28, 1999, Callaway gave a recital at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, performing a program of orchestral transcriptions on their 10,000 pipe Aeolian Symphonic Organ, the largest privately owned organ in the world.