[NFB-NM] BANA to Honor Dr. Lawrence R. Smith with Braille Excellence Award

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>BANA logo
>Press Release
>November 2017
>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 Smith’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 Braille’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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