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November—Listen in at 11:00 am on November 11 when the Cornell Chimes will toll in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice. The bell ringing is in conjunction with the Bells of Peace centennial commemoration.

Please join us in the clock tower to see the fall foliage before it falls! Early November means a sea of golden yellow, orange, and red leaves across campus and along the Cayuga Lake valley. Your tower climb will be rewarded with a fantastic musical performance and panoramic views. But take note, the chimesmasters will be on Thanksgiving Break in late-November. During that time, few concerts will be played.


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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