What's New in the Tower
December—As the semester winds down, the concert schedule will be shifting when classes end and study week and final exam period begins, December 7. As a result, we encourage you to consult our online calendar before making the winter trek to the tower. Despite the shifting concert times, there will still be plenty of beautiful music ringing from our bells, and we encourage you to take a study break to come and join us!
We would like to make a special invitation to attend our holiday concerts on Sunday and Monday, December 8 and 9th at 7pm, to precede the Christmas Vespers in Sage Chapel.
Enjoy the rest of your semester! 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.