James Cornelison (born June 20, 1964) 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; 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, as well as the 2011 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, which fell on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
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.
Cornelison has won several awards for music, including:
- 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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- 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