[NFB-NM] BANA to Honor Dr. Lawrence R. Smith with Braille Excellence Award
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>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Jennifer Dunnam, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
><mailto:chair at brailleauthority.org>chair at brailleauthority.org
>BANA Honors Dr. Lawrence R. Smith
>at 2017 Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference
>The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) will proudly honor Dr.
>Lawrence (Larry) R. Smith with its biennial Braille Excellence Award.
>Smith, a respected music braille transcriber and principal reviser of
>two music braille texts, has served as chair of two organizations'
>music braille committees and is a retired professor of music. This
>well-deserved tribute will be presented at the first general session of
>2017 Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference in New Orleans,
>Louisiana, on Thursday morning, December 7.
>Dr. Smith became interested in music braille when he taught a blind
>music student at Kalamazoo College. He learned both literary braille
>and music braille, becoming an expert music braille transcriber. Soon
>he assumed leadership positions in braille-related organizations,
>serving first as Chair of the Music Braille Committee of the National
>Braille Association (NBA) and then as NBA's President.
>Although he retired from Kalamazoo College as a full professor of music
>in 1996, Dr. Smith became Chair of BANA's Music Braille Committee and
>was principal author of BANA's most recent Music Braille Code revision,
>published in 2015.
>He was also principal reviser of the second edition of Introduction to
>Braille Music Transcription, published in 2005 by the Library of
>Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
>Handicapped (NLS). He continues to work in the field he loves,
>transcribing music braille for NLS and serving as a consultant in the
>preparation of the third edition of Introduction to Braille Music
>Dr. Smith's legacy will undoubtedly be his work on the 2015 edition of
>the Music Braille Code.
>Ruth Rozen, retired Senior Curriculum Designer for The Hadley Institute
>for the Blind and Visually Impaired and former member of the BANA Music
>Braille Committee, summed up this legacy in these words: "If it were
>not for Larry Smithâ€™s dedication and intense, detailed work on this
>project, BANA and the music world would not have a modern, complete
>manual from which to transcribe and read music braille."
>A prolific composer, Dr. Smith has written pieces for orchestra, choir,
>and various solo instruments and ensembles. Although primarily a
>classical composer, he has also written jazz scores and has
>experimented with electronic music.
>BANA created its Braille Excellence Award in honor of Louis Brailleâ€™s
>200th birthday and awarded it for the first time in 2009. This will be
>only the fifth awarding of this prestigious award that recognizes
>people or organizations that have developed or contributed to a code,
>have developed code materials or software that supports codes, and/or
>who represent the highest standards of braille production.
>NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on the BANA website at
>The mission of the Braille Authority of North
>America is to assure literacy for tactile
>readers through the standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics.
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