What's New in the Tower

November - The chimesmasters will be away for Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, November 27-Sunday, December 1. Our regular daily concerts will resume on Monday, December 2.

Mark your calendar for Cornell Music's annual Lessons and Carols events on December 8 and 9. The events will feature pre- and post-concerts by the Cornell Chimesmasters.


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.