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September—The Cornell Chimes are celebrating their sesquicentennial! Please join us for our community-side celebration this Saturday, September 22 at 11am on Ho Plaza. Guests will enjoy a musical walk down memory lane along with giveaways, singalongs and more.

In honor of the bell's 150th anniversary, the Cornell Chimesmasters are hosting a chimesmaster reunion. We are pleased to welcome chimesmasters from the classes of 1956 through 2021! We hope that you'll enjoy this special music from the 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.

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Cornell Chimes
3058 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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