[nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Honor Dr. Lawrence R. Smith with Braille Excellence Award

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sat Nov 18 03:30:23 UTC 2017

>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. Dr. 
>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 the 
>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 Transcription.
>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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