Event Details

Registration is now closed. For more information please contact Marisa LaFalce, 607.255.2373 or chimes@cornell.edu


The Cornell Chimes are celebrating 150 years as the heartbeat of campus! The bells first rang out at the university’s opening ceremonies in 1868, and they have played for every commencement since then. The bells have also sounded for weddings, memorials, jubilations, and armistices. Join current and alumni chimesmasters for a weekend of celebration, bell ringing, and reminiscing at the chimesmaster reunion and sesquicentennial celebration.

Schedule of Events

Items in italics are university-wide events. 

Friday, September 21

2:30-7:30pm Chimesmaster Reunion Registration

3-4:30pm University Archives Exhibit – view chimes archival memorabilia and films

5-6pm Open Chiming

6-7:30pm Spaghetti Dinner – Enjoy a casual meal with chimesmasters from your time in the tower.

7-9:15pm Fireworks and Laser Light Show – This musical concert, fireworks and laser light show is a Homecoming tradition! Look for a shout out to the bells?

Saturday, September 22

8-9am Chimesmaster Reunion Registration and Continental Breakfast

9-9:30am Chimes Advisory Council Meeting

9:30-10:30am Step by Step: Composing Music for the Cornell Chimes
Lecture by Keith Jenkins ’93, one of our most notable chimesmaster composers

11-11:30am Chimes & Community Sesquicentennial Celebration – Take a walk through history as we listen to some of the Cornell Chimes’ most memorable songs, and sing along as we salute their 150 years. Enjoy music, memories, and free giveaways!

11:45pm Chimesmaster Reunion Group Photo

12-2pm Lunch on your own/chimesmaster class-year-specific-gatherings

12-3pm Big Red Fan Festival

2-5pm Open Chiming

3-6pm Cornell vs. Yale Football Game

6-6:30pm Current Chimesmaster Recital

6:30-7:15pm Banquet Reception

7:15pm Banquet Dinner

Sunday, September 23

10:10-10:25am Chimes Concert

10:45-11:45am Architectural Tour of the Cornell Arts Quad and McGraw Tower or drop by for coffee and conversation

12-1pm Open Chiming

There will be a hospitality room available from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning for alumni chimesmasters and their families to relax and reminisce.

The Registration fee includes access to all reunion events, most weekend meals, a reunion gift and digital copy of the chimesmaster group photo:
Adult full weekend: $125
Adult Saturday only: $85
Children 12 and under: $45