Topilow is the founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and is also music director and conductor of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky, Ohio. Past positions have included conductor and director of the orchestral program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, principal pops conductor with the Toledo Symphony and Southwest Florida Symphony. He has served as guest conductor for more than 120 orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries, invariably finding NRO alumni wherever his travels take him.
Topilow’s wife Shirley is the Director of the Morgenstern Dance Studio and President and CEO of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Their daughter Jenny, an NRO alumna from the 2001 and 2003 seasons, is a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This fall, daughter Emily will be starting her senior year at Bowling Green State University (OH) where she studies psychology and marketing and performs as a violinist with the university orchestra. Carl’s hobbies include reading, foreign languages, traveling, golf, and especially enjoys his time with his two grandchildren, Edie and Arlo.