What's New in the Tower
July—Happy summer from the Cornell Chimesmasters! During the summer months, our concerts are less frequent because many chimesmasters are away from campus. However, our online calendar will provide you with the latest list of weekly concerts we expect to perform – and do check back because more concerts will be added. We hope that our visitors will pay special attention to our Summer Saturday Sunset Concert Series to take place on occasional Saturdays throughout the summer. These themed concerts are timed to provide a beautiful musical experience and view of the sunset over Cayuga Lake.
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.