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McGraw Tower in Spring

May—Congratulations graduates! We extend a special congratulations to our seniors Emily Graf and Charlie Xu.

The chimes will play concerts throughout Commencement weekend. Visitors are welcome at all scheduled concerts and open houses, except where noted on our schedule. We invite everyone to find their favorite spot near the twoer to listen to our Senior Recital on Saturday afternoon.


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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