Monday, September 12, 2011

Tenor Jim Cornelison Scores With Touching National Anthem

As an example of the recent article written by Susanne Mentzer, watch this stirring rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" sung by tenor (and former Lyric Opera of Chicago Young Artist) Jim Cornelison:

More about Mr. Cornelison after the jump.

James Cornelison (born c. 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. In the 2010-2011 NFL playoffs, Cornelison also sang the anthem for the Chicago Bears. He sang for the Chicago Bulls during the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the day following the death of Osama Bin Laden. 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. 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. In addition to his live work, Corneilson has also performed session vocals for a number of years and is audible on two songs by DMX: "Lord Give Me A Sign" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya". 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 and the George London Foundation Encouragement Grant. When he is not singing, Cornelison works in real estate for Rubloff Residential Properties. [Source]