What's New in the Tower
January—Happy New Year from the Cornell Chimesmasters! The chimesmasters will be on a well-deserved winter break until classes resume on Wednesday, January 25. During the break period, few concerts will be played. We encourage all visitors to check our online concert schedule for the latest concert listings.
Are you interested in becoming a chimesmaster? Can you read music and balance on one foot? Our annual competition will kick off with two information sessions on January 31 and February 2.
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.