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Language Rhythms &

The Friendship Suite


The World Premier of The Friendship Suite featuring 1,500 5th grade singers


Production Partners:


  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences, Sioux Falls

  • Sioux Falls Public School District

  • Jeremy Hegg, arranger

  • Phil Baker Music


Baker was commissioned by the Sioux Falls School District to write a three-song suite about friendship. 


He performed with 1,500 5th graders at the Washington Pavilion.  Accompanied by strings and a rock band with horns.

As part of the project, he developed a teacher training with the Kennedy Center on how to use music to teach language arts skills.


Mixed By Philip Baker

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