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Tower in Spring

May—During Cornell Study Period and Final Exams (May 11-22) the Cornell Chimes will play a reduced daily concert schedule. We welcome visitors at any of our concerts to see the views of teh campus in its beautiful spring color and to enjoy a unique live musical performance. Additional concerts will be held during senior days and Commencement weekend for the many graduates and their families who wish to visit 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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Contact Information

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

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