John and Nanette Frankel Chair
Loren Toplitz has been the Principal Trumpeter of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra since 2011. He received his Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Loren has also been a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. Since 2006, Loren has served as 2nd Trumpet of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and in 2018 served as the Festival’s Principal Trumpeter. In addition, Loren performs regularly with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. He has played with numerous orchestras throughout the country including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Miami Ballet, Columbus Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Additionally, he has performed in Carnegie Hall as Principal Trumpet of the New York String Orchestra. In 2004, Loren went on tour to Carnegie Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Loren was a soloist with the Canton Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in a Cameo concert and has also been a featured performer with Concertante, a chamber ensemble based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has performed with numerous music festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival.
Loren has appeared on NBC performing with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Peter Cetera, Public Television’s “Reading Rainbow”, and was heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” He can also be heard on recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cleveland Pops, the Akron Symphony, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and the Summit Choral Society. He has performed with Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Amy Grant, The Pointer Sisters, The Temptations, Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Loggins, Michael Bolton, The Beach Boys, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, and Rick Springfield.
In addition to his performance credits, Loren has been on the faculty of the International Music Festival held at Baldwin-Wallace College. He has also held a position as faculty trumpet teacher for the Preparatory and Continuing Education division of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2002. Loren is also the faculty Trumpet Instructor and Brass Quintet Coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University Joint Music Program. Loren’s principal teachers have included Michael Sachs, Philip Smith, Chris Gekker, and Frank Kaderabek.