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Tower in Spring

March—Cornell Giving Day is Tuesday, March 20. Make an impact by giving a gift to the Cornell Chimes General Fund for current use, or helep ensure our long-term finanical future by making a gift to the Chimes Unrestricted Program Endownment. Either way, your gift makes a lasting impact on one of Cornell's jewels. Learn more about Giving Day and watch some new chimes videos on our Facebook page. Thank you for your support!


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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