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Tower in Spring

July—During the summer months, concerts will be less frequent as many student chimesmasters are away from campus. Visitors who are interested in climbing the tower to enjoy the magnificent views and watch a chimesmaster in action, may do so during any of our scheduled concerts.

We would like to extend a special invitation to attend our Summer Sunday Sunset Concert Series-come for the music and stay for the sunset!


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
3058 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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