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October—Happy Autumn! Fall is a beautiful time to visit McGraw Tower, enjoy a chimes concert and see the changing scenery. Please keep in mind that the Cornell Chimesmasters will be on Fall Break between October 8-11, as always we encourage you to check the latest concert listings.

The Chimes Advisory Council is collecting stories and memories from Cornell Community members. Please share your story about the chime sor 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
Tatkon Center
3058 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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