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Tower on Spring Day

April—Happy spring! Now is a wonderful time to visit McGraw Tower to enjoy a chimes concert and admire the greening hillsides from the belfry.

We are now in the second phase of our 10-week chimesmaster competition and we look forward to introducing our newest chimesmasters at the end of the month!

Concerts

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.


The Cornell Chimes Logo

Contact Information

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

Please address any comments or questions to chimes@cornell.edu.


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