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Tower in Winter

December—Happy Holidays from the Cornell Chimes! The chimesmasters will play pre- and post-concerts for the annual Music Department Lessons and Carols program on December 2 and 3. Also take note of our changing concert schedule during December. During study period and final exams, we will perform a reduced concert schedule. Then, after December 15, the student chimesmasters will be on a well-deserved semester break, and few concerts will be played until the Spring 2019 semestesr begins on January 22.

For those who are interested in becoming a chimesmaster, we will share details about the annual chimes competition in the new year.


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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