The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Silver Chord Bowl


Every year, on the first Sunday in February, the Northampton Arts Council presents the Silver Chord Bowl, Northampton's very own a cappella showcase! The oldest and most respected a cappella event in the region, the Silver Chord Bowl celebrates the musical stylings of the Northeast’s most talented a cappella groups. 

The Northampton Arts council has been curating the Bowl, once a competition now turned invitational showcase, for over 35 years, bringing a broad expanse of talented collegiate a cappella groups to one place. Tradition meets modern in this night full of fun interpretations of your favorite songs, spanning genres, eras, and regions. Watch as groups from Dartmouth, M.I.T., Yale, Boston College, N.Y.U., Smith College, Northampton High School, Amherst College, UMASS-Amherst, and more, flex their creative and musical muscles. Enjoy the diverse styles from various Northeastern colleges, and see what each school has to offer. The performances always presenting something new and exciting, and each year the Silver Chord Bowl gives a sold out John M Greene Hall audience of 2,000 people an afternoon to remember. This foot-tapping, lively musical event is sure to get anyone up and dancing, even during the coldest time of the year. Join Northampton in celebrating this historic event, and kick off the Northampton Arts Council's Four Sundays in February Winter Arts Festival with a bang!


Last Year's Silver Chord Bowl performances:
Amherst College's Zumbyes' soulful 2019 performance of Hall and Oates' "Sara Smiles"

Smith College's Smithenpoof's haunting 2019 mashup of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" and Drake's "Hotline Bling"

Northampton High School's Northamptone's innovative 2019 performance of the Beatles "I Am The Walrus"

The entire 2012 Silver Chord Bowl shot by Northampton Open Media; This legendary invitational event is a tradition. People jam the 2000 seat John M Greene Hall at Smith College. This 2012 show showcased some of the best collegiate groups in the country including the Northampton High School Northamptones, Trinity College Quirks, Brown University Jabberwocks, UPENN Dischord, The Dartmouth Aires, Berklee College Pitch Slapped, UMASS-Amherst Doo Wop Shop, and the collegiate host the Smith College Noteables.




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