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Tower in Winter

April—Spring is finally beginning to appear in Ithaca. As the campus greens and the trees bud, now is a lovely time to visit McGraw Tower to enjoy a chimes concert and admire the views.

Spring means new beginnings, and we are looking forward to welcoming new chimesmasters to our ranks later this month, when our annual 10-week competition concludes on April 25. Good luck to our compets in these final weeks of the competition!


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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