What's New in the Tower
August—Welcome new and returning students! The Cornell Chimesmasters will be hosting an Orientation open house on Saturday, August 22. Our regular three-times-daily concert schedule will resume on Tuesday, August 25 when fall semester classeses begin. Visitors are always welcome at our concerts – and even on those steamy August days there is always a lovely breeze 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.