She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear


quote by Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

— from the DARE TO BE POWERFUL choral series —

Part invocation, part call to action, part celebration, this setting of a quote by Audre Lorde was commissioned by MUSE: Cincinnati's Women's Choir to commemorate the choir's 25th anniversary season. Toward the end of her life, Lorde took the name "Gamba Adisa," in an African naming ceremony; it means "Warrior: She who makes her meaning clear. " Divisi up to six parts and low A2 range are considerations. For the accomplished women's chorus.


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-008 SSAAA, hand percussion 4:30 $2.50
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SSAAA, hand percussion 4:30 $1.75
JS-008MX SATBB , hand percussion 4:30 $2.50
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SATBB , hand percussion 4:40 $1.75


Joan Szymko

She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear

Gamba Adisa!

When I dare to be powerful,

to use my strength in the service of my vision

then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Gamba Adisa!


Performed by the 2013 ACDA National Women's Honor Choir, Sigrid Johnson, conductor