What's New in the Tower
October—Welcome back returning alumni and friends for the University's Homecoming and Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Weekend! We encourage all friends returning to campus to take time out from their busy schedule to enjoy a concert in McGraw Tower. Hint: you'll know the festivities have begun when the clock faces turn red!
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.