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Tower in Spring

April—We would like to wish the best of luck to our compets as they enter the final two weeks of the 10-week chimesmaster competition.

Now is a wonderful time to enjoy a Cornell Chimes concert and take in the beautiful spring views from the top of the tower. It is also a busy time on campus, with many visitors including those students coming for Cornell Days. Please note that we have an occupancy limit of 40 people in the tower, and if we reach that limit, we will shut the door to the tower before the chimes concert end. This is for the safety of all visitors to McGraw 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.

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Contact Information

Cornell Chimes
2333 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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