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Tower in Winter

January—Calling all Chimes Enthusiasts! Are you a Cornell Community member? Can you read music? Can you balance on one foot? Then try out to become a Cornell Chimesmaster! The annual 10-week competition will commence next week. If you are interested, please attend 1 of 2 information sessions held Tuesday and Wednesday, January 27 and 28, from 5:00-6:15pm at the top of McGraw Tower.

The Cornell Chimesmasters – We Power the Tower!


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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