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Jim Cornelison

Jim Cornelison
Jim Cornelison preparing to sing the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders game, on January 9, 2011.
Born June

James Cornelison (born June 20, 1964)[1] is a tenor who sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" at the beginning of home games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Cornelison started singing the anthem for the Blackhawks part-time in 1996;[2] he has been singing the national anthem for the Blackhawks full-time since 2007. He has also performed the anthem before Chicago Bears home games at Soldier Field during the 2010-11 NFL playoffs,[3] as well as the 2011 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, which fell on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.[4]

Cornelison graduated from Seattle Pacific University with degrees in music and psychology. He then went on to post graduate work and earned a Masters in Music from Indiana University in 1992. In 1995, he moved to Chicago and joined the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.[5]

Cornelison has won several awards for music, including:[6]

  • The William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award
  • First place in the American Opera Society of Chicago’s 1997 Vocal Competition
  • The George London Foundation Encouragement Grant


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External links

  • A night in the life of Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks on YouTube
  • 2009 Winter Classic National Anthem at Wrigley Field on YouTube
  • Jim Cornelison on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 on YouTube

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