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Tower in Winter

April—What a week! We are now in the final days of the annual chimesmaster competition. We look forward to welcoming our newest chimesmasters this weekend!

Also this weekend, the university will be celebrating its Sesquicentennial, Happy 150th Birthday Cornell! In support of the Charter Day events, the chimes will play several extended concerts. View our Concert Schedule for more details.


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

The Cornell Chimes
B07 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853-2801

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