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McGraw Tower in Spring

October—Calling all ghouls, goblins, and chimes friends! The Chimesmonsters cordially invite you to the 50th annual Halloween Concert from 10:30pm-midnight, Friday, October 31. Visitors are invited to attend this annual celebration featuring eerie music performed by costumed chimesmonsters in spooky McGraw Tower. Visitor costumes welcome!

We would also like to extend a special invitation to parents and students to attend our open house on Friday, October 31 from 1-2pm in McGraw Tower – or to any of our concerts happening during First-Year Parents Weekend. We will feature a concert from 1:10-1:25 pm, followed by a silent open house (due to classes) where visitors can climb the tower's steps, visit our museum, and admire the fall foliage views from the belfry.


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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