Anne Duthie McCafferty
The Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Rudesill Chair
Joined the ISO: 1973
Primary musical studies: Indiana University
Teachers included: Norma Woodbury of the ISO, Leopold Teraspulsky, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, ISO Principal Cellist Shirley Evans Tabachnick
Anne was born and raised in a musical family on the east side of Indianapolis and attended IPS #54, #74, and Arsenal Technical High School. Her grandmother, Neva Whitaker Duthie, was a prominent church organist, vocal coach, and recitalist in the first half of the 20th century. “My grandmother was the organist at Central Avenue Methodist at the height of its prominence in the community. I’m thrilled by the building’s stunning restoration as the Landmark Center.” Her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather served concurrently in the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church Cathedral. Majoring in music at Northwestern University, her father, David Duthie, planned to teach public school music. But after his education was interrupted by The Depression and World War II, he became a telegrapher for the New York Central Railroad. "My mother, Cora McConaha Duthie, worked in banking prior to my birth, and returned to the business world once I started school, working out a scheme in which she would be home in time for my return from school each day," Anne says. "She was a member of the choir at Memorial Presbyterian Church, where, by the early 1940s, my grandmother was the organist. My father, who was a paid tenor soloist at St. Paul's Episcopal, was occasionally brought in for special works at Memorial, and that is how my parents met."
Before joining the ISO, Anne was Assistant Principal Cellist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic from 1970-1973. "When I got the Ft. Wayne gig, I had two classes, my recital, and my student teaching left to do at IU," says Anne. "I couldn't student teach because of the new job, although I did give my senior recital and took a class at IU's Fort Wayne campus. After I got into the ISO, I spoke with the Dean at IU about completing my degree in Music Performance rather than Music Education, but he wouldn't let me out of .... orchestra! So I never completed my degree." Anne has been active in the programs of the ISO’s Learning Community and has served as cello coach for Side By Side. For 10 years, Anne performed with the Spring Mill Quartet alongside ISO musicians Philip Palermo, David Bartolowits, and Nancy Agres. On the ISO's 1997 European tour, they gave concerts in Madrid, Vienna, London, and Cologne. Anne has also performed with the Tarkington Trio as well as the Peaceful Valley Chamber Players in Brown County, Indiana. On the first Tuesday of the month, she is often found reading chamber music at Mass Avenue’s Chatterbox as part of Classical Revolution.
Anne is married to Dennis, also a cellist, who is on the faculty of the University of Indianapolis. He performs frequently in their Faculty Artist Series and is a member of the New Century Quartet with ISO violinists Dean Franke and Lisa Scott, and violist Susan Chan. He's also a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a recording studio musician, and a frequent ISO extra. Their son Corey is a drummer and visual artist living in Chicago. "I’m delighted that there’s a drummer in the family. After two weeks of playing the cello in elementary school, I told my teacher that I didn’t want to play the cello, that I really wanted to play the drums," Anne says. "She wouldn't let me switch so here I am! I wanted to be a jazz drummer and fortunately, I live that life vicariously through my son."
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