Carl Topilow is conductor of CIM's orchestras, working in the Orchestral Conducting department. The conducting program offers substantial podium time for all conducting students. Topilow has appeared as guest conductor for more than 120 orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries. 


  • BM in clarinet performance, Manhattan School of Music
  • MM in music education, Manhattan School of Music

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Conductor and director of CIM's orchestral program
  • Conductor of the CIM orchestras
  • Head of the master's program in orchestral conducting
  • Graduates of this program can be found as maestros with several leading orchestras