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Jim Cornelison
File:Jim Cornelison preparing to sing.jpg
Jim Cornelison preparing to sing the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders game, on January 9, 2011.
Born1964/1965 (age 57–58)

James Cornelison (born c. 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. In the 2010-2011 NFL playoffs, Cornelison also sang the anthem for the Chicago Bears.[3] He also sang for the Chicago Bears opening game against the Atlanta Falcons of the 2011 football season on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.[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

When he is not singing, Cornelison works in real estate for Rubloff Residential Properties.[5]


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