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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Avis Berry

Considered a modern renaissance woman, this three-time Florida State alum is a talented singer and actress, teacher in Leon County Schools, and librarian at FSU’s College of Music library. Music has taken her around the globe allowing her to record and share the stage with such greats as Dave Brubeck, Robert Shaw, the Berlin Radio Choir under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas, the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Scotty Barnhart, FSU jazz faculty, the Tallahassee Ballet, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Presently, she is a vocalist in the upcoming production of Voices: A Folk Opera written by Suncoast Emmy winners Kathryn Belle Long and Michael Abraham. She continues to perform and record with local & guest musicians as a solo artist and in regional music festivals such as Hulaween (2021), Suwannee Rising (2022), and Word of South (2022 & 2023), as a solo jazz vocalist and as a singer-songwriter with her band Revival. She’ll be appearing at Word of South with Revival and also as part of the “Tribute to the Women in Jazz” on Sunday.