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McGraw Tower in Spring

September—On Saturday, September 20 the Cornell Chimesmasters will be holding a masterclass. On this day, the tower will not be open to the public, and the chimes will play intermittently between 10am-12:30pm and 3-7pm. We would like to thank the Cornell Community in advance for their patience and understanding while we engage in this exciting learning opportunity.


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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