.M. Peabody Conservatory of Music (Jazz Studies); M.M. Catholic University of America (Orchestral Studies). Blake Meister performs and records locally, nationally and internationally. He has performed and/or recorded with a diverse group of world renowned musicians that includes Marc Copland, Larry Willis, Sid Simmons, Benito Gonzalez, Warren Wolf, Buddy Wachter, Paul Bollenback, Yotam Silberstein, Marin Alsop, Jamie Laredo, Alex Norris, Byron Landham, Ralph Peterson, and Gary Thomas. He has received several awards and grants, most recently the 2012 Individual Artist Award for non-classical composition from the Maryland State Arts Council for his upcoming debut album, Septagon. The album, which features Gary Thomas, Paul Bollenback, Marc Copland, and Ralph Peterson, consists of eight original compositions and is slated for release in 2012. Meister is currently a bassist for the American Studio Orchestra, a multi-media, cross-genre ensemble, and has been a member of several traditional orchestras in the Mid-Atlantic corridor.