Dennis McCafferty is a graduate of Indiana State and Butler Universities. He attended the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University as a cello student of Karl Fruh, the Banff School of the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival and also studied chamber music with the members of the Julliard and Cleveland Quartets. Currently, he is on the faculty at the University of Indianapolis as cello instructor, director of string chamber music and conductor of the university orchestra. He is also in residence there as cellist of the New Century String Quartet.
As recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared frequently with the Indianapolis Chamber Players, the Faulkner Chamber Players, Suzuki and Friends Chamber Series, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Linden String Quartet, and as cellist of the Fourté Ensemble. He also frequently appears in the cello section of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Bellingham Festival Orchestra in Bellingham, Washington, and as a recording studio musician. Reviews have described Mr. McCafferty’s playing as “thrilling” with “remarkable sensitivity.” His Faculty Artist Series Performances have consistently received high praise from area critics, from sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms to Messian’s Quartet for the End of Time. He also earned a “Best of the Year” citation from the Indianapolis Star for his performance of Martinu’s 2nd Sonata.