[nfb-talk] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] BANA to Honor Dr. Lawrence R. Smith with Braille Excellence Award
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Sat Nov 18 03:30:23 UTC 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
>Smithâs 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 Brailleâs 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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