What's New in the Tower
March—Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who generously supported the chimes program on Giving Day (March 14)—or any day!
Good luck to our second-round compets who began playing two concerts per week. We look forward to hearing your progress over the next six weeks, and to naming our newest chimesmasters at the end of April.
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.