Skip to main content

more options

What's New in the Tower

Tower in Spring

April—We are in the final weeks of the annual 10-week chimesmaster competition. We look forward to announcing our newest chimesmasters on April 30!

If you missed the Cornell Chimes-Yamatai joint concert earlier this month, catch the replay on our Facebook page. And, when spring finally arrives come check out the spring blossoms from the top of McGraw Tower.


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

Please address any comments or questions to

Web Accessibility Help

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Facebook