CARL TOPILOW is director of the CIM orchestral program and primary instructor for the master’s degree 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, Topilow also has 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.
Topilow has appeared as guest conductor for more than 120 orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries. This season he will conduct orchestras in Beaumont (TX), Columbus (OH), Fresno (CA), Magdeburg (Germany) and the Carnegie Mellon University Orchestra in Pittsburgh.
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 violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This fall daughter Emily will begin her studies at Bowling Green State University, where she will major in psychology and minor in music.
Web site: www.carltopilow.com
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