What's New in the Tower
November—The Cornell Chimesmasters will be away for Thanksgiving Recess from Wednesday, November 25-Sunday, November 29. During this time few chimes concerts will be performed. We are grateful to the many visitors who come to McGraw Tower and listen to our concerts, and we hope that you will climb the tower's steps to see us soon at one of our concerts before or after the break.
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.