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August 6, 2013

Nabors funeral set for Aug. 10 at ULM

In remembrance of Louis Nabors—local music legend and University of Louisiana at Monroe associate professor of music—a funeral service celebrating his life has been scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, in ULM's Brown Auditorium. The service is open to the community.

Nabors, 69, died in Italy on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

"The university community is saddened about the loss of such an incredible professor," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

"He was known for his voice and vibrato, and he influenced hundreds of lives. He will be sorely missed by the ULM family."

Current and former members of the ULM Interdenominational Ensemble will perform during the service to honor Nabors' legacy.

Nabors created and directed the ensemble—an on-campus choral group that sings a variety of musical styles including gospel, spirituals, and African-American Broadway musicals and operas.

More about Louis Nabors:

In 2005, Nabors performed the role of Amonasro in Elton John's "Aida," and spent the summer teaching in Italy.

He completed a recital tour throughout Germany in 2006 and 2009. During the summer of 2007 and 2010, he performed the role of Sarastro in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" with Almafi Coast Music Festival.

He also performed as Simone in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" in 2008. Nabors served as ULM's summer commencement speaker in 2006.

His annual performance of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" delighted audiences at the university's annual holiday celebration.

He was recognized both artistically and personally by such nods as the 1990 College of Liberal Arts Performing Artist of the Year and several honors for outstanding community service.

Nabors received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Prairie View University and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern University.

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