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, the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer music festival based in Breckenridge (CO) and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky (OH). 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 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. First-place winner of the Baltimore Symphony Young Conductor’s Competition in 1976, he has appeared as guest conductor with that orchestra.
A frequent guest conductor both in the U.S. and abroad, Mr. Topilow’s future engagements include appearances with the Carnegie Melon University Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO,) Prague Radio Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony. He has served as guest conductor for more than 100 orchestras in 31 states and 11 foreign countries. Topilow's wife Shirley is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Director of the Morgenstern Dance Studio. Daughter Jenny, a graduate of CIM, is a member of the violin section of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Daughter Emily is a student in the Beachwood Schools and studies violin through the preparatory department at CIM.
Web site: www.carltopilow.com
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New Music Series: American Voices
March 29, 2015, 4:00 pm
CIM New Music Ensemble
Keith Fitch, director
Don Freund, guest composer
March 31, 2015, 7:30 pm
Paul Schenly, host
CIM@CMA | Music in the Galleries
April 1, 2015, 6:00 pm
Cleveland Museum of Art
Students from CIM and the CWRU early music program present a wide range of repertoire in this series of early evening performances. To make your evening even more musical, attend the 8pm CIM Orchestra Concert at Severance.
Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Case Western Reserve University Music Department.
Cleveland Museum of Art | 11150 East Blvd, University Circle