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Under his leadership, the Chorus won four Grammy Awards, including Best Choral Album (for Brahms' "A German Requiem" and Orff's "Carmina Burana") and Classical Album of the Year. The SFS Chorus was also nominated for a fifth Grammy (Best Crossover Recording, "Christmas by the Bay").
Vance George graduated from Goshen College and Indiana University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1997 by Kent State University. In 1999, Chorus America presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity on April 3, 2008.