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September—Fall is a beautiful time to climb the tower's 161 steps and enjoy a chimes concert. In addition to a spectacular musical performance those who climb will enjoy the changing landscape as the leaves turn red, golden yellow and orange. If you are unable to climb the tower's steps you can still enjoy our music from the ground level. The Centennial Grove at the top of Libe Slope is a lovely spot to taken in the fall views and hear the chimes play.


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
2333 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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