What's New in the Tower
February/March—The Winter 2014 edition of the Cornell Chimes Newsletter is now available! We hope you enjoy reading it. We also wish the best of luck to all of our hard working compets in the chimes competition who are practicing in the tower in preparation for the first-round auditions next week.
March 1 and 2, many of the chimesmasters will be away from campus visiting other bell instruments. During this time, few concerts will be played. As always, before climbing the tower, please consult the online schedule for the latest concert listings.
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.