The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

The Silver Chord Bowl

The Silver Chord Bowl

Every year, 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. This popular event is traditionally hosted by the Mayor of Northampton and the President of Smith College.

The Northampton Arts Council has been curating the Silver Chord Bowl, once a competition now turned invitational showcase, 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 present something new and exciting, and each year the Silver Chord Bowl gives a sold-out John M. Greene Hall on Smith College Campus 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 kicking off the Northampton Arts Council's Four Sundays Winter Arts Festival with a bang!

The entire 2012 Silver Chord Bowl was shot by Northampton Open Media; This legendary invitational event is a tradition. People jam the 2000-seat John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus. 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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