As founding conductor of the Summit Brass, Carl served as conductor of that ensemble from 1986 to 1999. During that time, these transcriptions were written for and played by that ensemble of all-star brass players. 



Albinoni - Adagio

Copland - Hoedown from Rodeo

Ives - Variations on America

Kodaly - Entrance of the Emperor from Hary Janos

Puccini - Excerpts from Act 2 of La Boheme

Verdi – Fanfare from Act 3 from Otello

Verdi - Grand March from Aida

Carl has written several transcriptions for orchestra, all of which have been performed in concert. 



Mendelssohn - Six Children's Pieces for Piano

Moszkowski - Suite for Two Violins and Piano

Mozart - Selections from Cosi fan Tutte, (transcribed for wind octet)

Anthony Plog - Aesop's Fables

Tom Schmidt – Overture and Ballet Music to the Fantasticks

Wolf - Five Songs for Soprano and Piano

In 2018, Carl orchestrated Bela Kovacs’ Homage to Weber and added an original introduction and original transitions between the variations. The world premiere performance was with the National Repertory Orchestra with Vitor Trindale as clarinet soloist.

Carl is founding conductor of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble that continues to thrive to this day. This October, he will serve as the founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra.

As winner of the Baltimore Symphony's Young Conductor's Competition, Carl appeared as guest conductor with the Baltimore Symphony and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Hobbies and interests include foreign languages, namely, Italian, Spanish, French and German. He has rehearsed orchestras in each language. He enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, travel, golf, and spectator sports. Topilow has completed three marathons, each in less than four hours.