What's New in the Tower
December—With the semester winding down, the chimesmasters will be performing a reduced concert schedule during study week and finals, Decemer 8-19. As always, we encourage you to check the concert schedule for complete details, including our holiday concerts at 7:00pm and 8:30pm both December 7 and 8 as part of the Sage Chapel Christmas Vespers. Visitors are welcome at any of our 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.