What's New in the Tower

August-Welcome new and returning students! Our three-times daily concerts will resume with the start of classes on Thursday, August 29. Until then, concerts will be intermittent. Don't miss our open house on Wednesday, August 28. Also, listen for our performances while you are enjoying the Big Red Welcome Festival on Ho Plaza on Friday, and Saturday, August 23 and 24.


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— simply climb the tower's 161 steps. The door to the tower opens five minutes before the 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 chimesmasters play three concerts daily while classes are in session and perform a modified schedule during exams and breaks. Check the concert schedule for complete concert and special event information.