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McGraw Tower & Sage Chapel

September—Welcome back alumni! We hope that you'll consider a visit to the tower to hear a Cornell Chimes concert as part of your Homecoming weekend itinerary. For those who would like to stay more connected to the chimes and hear about additional special events and opportunities, follow us on Facebook or join our Friend of the Chimes mailing list. We look forward to seeing you at the top of 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

Cornell Chimes
Tatkon Center
3058 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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