Haydn: Harmoniemesse

Vance George, Director of the  San Francisco Symphony Chorus, conducted 200 voices and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in fine performances … intonation, balances and dynamic control were admirable, and the sprit of the work carried through triumphantly.

New York Times

Orff: Carmina burana

This is the finest digital recording yet of Orff’s splendid celebration of the joys of springtime fecundity …


Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem

Glorious chorus … Once or twice every season it becomes necessary simply to sit and marvel in awe and gratitude, at the greatness of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

San Francisco Chronicle

Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible

The singing of Vance George’s Symphony Chorus was simply amazing and always musically heartfelt.

American Record Guide

Verdi: Messa da requiem

Terror … awe … serenity … especially by the extraordinary … San Francisco Symphony Chorus in its final outing under director Vance George … Dies irae exploded off the stage in balls of hellfire.

San Francisco Chronicle

Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander

Vance George’s magnificently prepared chorus caroused (men) and gathered yarn (women) as they delivered their extended assignments in impeccable German.

Opera news

Beethoven: Fidelio

Beethoven’s theater music … represented by King Stephen’s incidental music offered by the excellent San Francisco Symphony Chorus … also excelled in Fidelio.

American Record Guide

Album: Voices 1900/2000

No one listening to this impressive compilation of 20th Century music could doubt that the ensemble ranks among the best in the country … all of it sung with the kind of expressive intensity and unanimity of spirit that have become the group’s fingerprint.

San Francisco Chronicle

Mahler: Das klagende lied

The Chorus, beautifully trained by Vance George, made massive sounds with pointed precision.

Opera News

Mahler: Symphony No. 8

George’s firm and insightful leadership has instilled technical precision and artistic sensitivity…the combination of clarity and tonal robustness is something to behold.

San Francisco Chronicle

Stravinsky: Pérsephone

The night belonged to the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, which sang Stravinsky’s luminous chords with unforced precision and tender strength.


Handel: Messiah

The most consistently strong contributions came from the Chorus, in a reminder of just how skilled and responsive an ensemble this has become under George’s leadership.

San Francisco Chronicle