Cordes, Davison selected to sing with American Music Abroad tour

Teens seek financial help for European summer trip

Noah Cordes, left, and Bryce Davison (Photo provided)

TUPPER LAKE — Ren and Willard are heading to Europe this summer for a once-in-a-lifetime tour as part of a select chorus, and they need the community’s help.

Tupper Lakers Noah Cordes and Bryce Davison, who starred as Ren McCormack and Willard Hewitt in the Red & Black Players’ recent production of “Footloose: The Musical,” have been accepted by the venerable organization American Music Abroad in the choral component of their Freedom Tour, which will be bringing music to towns and cities across Europe this summer, including Strasbourg, Salzburg, and Brugge.

Besides singing in historic sites throughout Europe and acting as musical ambassadors, the participants will also visit the Dachau concentration camp, visit Omaha Beach and the World War II memorial and museum, take a guided canal boat tour and a visit to a chocolate factory in Brugge, take a cruise along the Rhine River, visit the medieval towns of Heidelberg and Dinkelsbühl, take an excursion to Haut Konigsbourg Castle in France, take guided tours of Strasbourg, France, and Salzburg, Austria, (singing in the church where Mozart was married), participate in a Tyrolean Folk Fest, and take a trip via cable car to a glacier in the Austrian Alps.

American Music Abroad has been conducting these tours for 42 years, exposing more than 36,000 American students and young adults to incredible musical, cultural, and historical experiences around the world.

Those who are accepted into this prestigious chorus are responsible for all costs involved with the trip. This tour is an expensive undertaking, and Noah and Bryce are hoping that local businesses, civic clubs, neighbors, and friends will offer financial sponsorship to help them take advantage of this incredible opportunity as they proudly represent their Adirondack community.

Anyone interested in contributing to Noah and Bryce’s expenses for this tour can make tax deductible contributions online at their GoFundMe page. Go to: and type in: Noah & Bryce’s American Music Abroad Tour!

To send a check, make it out to Elizabeth Cordes, with “AMA” in the memo, and send it to AMA Tour, c/o Elizabeth Cordes, 15 Prospect Street, Tupper Lake, NY 12986.

Noah Cordes is a senior at Tupper Lake High School with a 95+ average. He has been involved in music and theatre all his life, taking part in chorus and performing in many musicals and plays in Tupper Lake and with Pendragon Theatre. In addition, Noah was selected for Mixed Chorus in this year’s New York State All-State Music Festival and performed in December 2018. He also has played trombone in band since fourth grade. Besides music, Noah was quarterback of the Tupper Lake Varsity Football Team and a captain of the Varsity Basketball Team his junior and senior years. He is co-president of his senior class at TLHS.

Bryce Davison is a junior at Tupper Lake High School. He has also been active musically for years. Besides being in chorus and musicals, he also plays the tuba, saxophone, bass guitar, and acoustic guitar. Off the stage and outside the music room, he is also on the Tupper Lake Varsity Golf Team and Indoor Track Team. He has also been a Boy Scout since his time in Cub Scouts and is currently working towards Life Scout.

Cordes and Davison would like all potential contributors know they will be grateful for any donations that help them make this trip a reality.