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May—The Cornell Chimes congratulates our graduating chimesmasters and all Cornell graduates. We'll be honoring your achievements with many hours of of bell ringing this weekend. Please check our concert schedule for the latest concert listings.

And for those graduating, remember that attending a chimes concert is one of the things to check off on your list of 150 things every Cornellian should do! Visitors are welcome at any of our scheduled concerts.


The Cornell Chimes are the university's oldest musical tradition, and one of the most frequently played set of bells on any American college campus. Housed in historic McGraw Tower, the 21-bells are played primarily by student chimesmasters.

All concerts are open to the public—you simply have to climb the tower's 161 steps. The door to the tower opens five to ten minutes before a scheduled concert and closes before concert's end. Your stair-climbing efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Cornell and the surrounding community, and a musical performance like you've never seen before.

The Cornell Chimesmasters perform a regular program of three concerts daily while classes are in session and a modified schedule during exams and breaks. Please check the concert schedule for complete concert and special event information.

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Contact Information

The Cornell Chimes
B07 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853-2801

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