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McGraw Tower in Winter

January/February—Calling all Cornell community members—and chimes lovers! Can you read music? Can you climb 161 steps? Can you balance on one foot? Then join us for the annual chimesmaster competition. Interested individuals should plan to attend one of two meetings, on Tuesday or Wednesday, February 2 or 3, 5:00 - 6:15 pm at the top of McGraw Tower. Learn more about the competition.

Our regular concert schedule has now resumed. 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.

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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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