Conductor; Director, Orchestral Program, is also the primary instructor for the masters program in orchestral conducting. In addition, he is music director and conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer music festival based in Breckenridge, Colorado. Founding conductor of the Summit Brass, Mr. Topilow has also served as Principal Pops Conductor of the Toledo and Southwest Florida Symphonies. He received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and began his career as Exxon/Arts endowment conductor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He served as a conducting fellow of the National Orchestral Association from 1972 until 1976, with Leon Barzin; he was also a conducting fellow at Aspen School of Music in 1976, with Jorge Mester and John Nelson. He was first-place winner of the Baltimore Symphony Young Conductor's Competition in 1976. A frequent guest conductor both in the U.S. and abroad, he will appear this season with the Akron Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and Winston Salem Symphony. He is also the newly appointed music director of the Firelands Symphony in Sandusky, Ohio. He has conducted orchestras in 30 states and ten countries. Mr. Topilow's newest CD, Music of America, features him as clarinetist performing with his brother, pianist Arthur Topilow. He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1981.
Web site: www.carltopilow.com
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