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Tower in Winter

January—Happy New Year! Mark your calendars, our annual chimesmaster competition kicks off with information sessions on January 31 and February 1 from 5:00-6:15 pm at the top of the tower. If you are a member of the Cornell community and you can read music, climb 161 steps, and balance on one step, then consider participating in this annual event.

Our regular concert schedule will resume with the start of spring semester classes on Tuesday, January 22.


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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