Inga SwearingenSam RogersBZ SmithMargo LeDucJoe Craven

Inga Swearingen


Inga enchanted me. She inspired me to play more, hum more, grow my daring in private, and my aha! moment in her class about “juicing” the lyrics was an exciting next step…

                                       -Vocàli student

In 2003, she began to study with the acclaimed jazz singer Susanne Abbuehl (ECM Records), which was a transformative experience.In her first competition, after her six month experience with Susanne, Inga won first place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Shure Vocal Competition.

Inga finished her masters in choral conducting at Florida State University in 2005. During that time, she received her first invitation to appear on Garrison Keillor’s renowned radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, an opportunity that has led to over a dozen appearances on the show.

Inga relates, “Garrison spins a story just like jazz musicians improvise. It’s a thrill to witness live.” While continuing to be rooted in jazz, Inga is now revisiting her folk and classical influences and creating a sound all her own.

Inga has a gorgeous voice, very fresh… and note-perfect, and that’s the sort of person you want to sing harmony to…

– Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Sam Rogers

I am grateful and stunned by the quality of teaching/facilitating. Sam in particular knocked me out. His method of ‘not saying now we’ll learn this’, or ‘what are your goals’, let things grow in a way…particular to our group. It… led elegantly to the next lesson created on the spot to address… issues. Wow!

                                                         – Vocàli student


He has 3 solo a cappella albums to his credit, was a finalist in the 1st US Beatboxing Championships, has recorded/toured/performed with a diverse array of artists and theatrical projects, and helped found several music groups and expressive arts communities. He loves igniting music in audiences everywhere he goes, and his passion is exploring “100% Organic Human Music” with curious folk the world over.

Sam is also a million other things, including a professional Learning Strategy Consultant (it pays the bills), and writer/director/producer/composer for stage and screen. He is very excited to be returning to  Vocáli 2017.

Sam Rogers classes were great!terrific. I appreciated his positive, affirming approach…  And he does beat-boxing by far the best I’ve heard.

– Vocàli student

BZ  Smith – Spoken Word

“I was THERE when America’s Storytelling Renaissance began in the early 1970’s. Working in my small rural county in the children’s library, I started to ‘put down the book, and tell it with my face,’ as one child requested. That one moment changed my life.

Margo LeDuc


BRAVO to Margo! Thanks for reminding me of the goodness and resilience that exists when people have dreams that can be shared with one another…


Margo has had the great fortune to work in the music business as a lead and backup singer for the past 20 years. During that time, teaching people to sing emerged as her passion and gift with the opportunity to help people fulfill their deepest yearnings to sing, and to do so successfully with confidence and clarity.

Margo works regularly across the globe with students and artists of all musical genres. She taught at our sister camp, RiverTunes, last summer. Her one on one coaching was a game changer for students as she is adept at providing direct, effective and supportive approaches to vocal coaching tailored to each student. We’re delighted to have her join this year’s Vocáli Faculty.

Joe Craven

Joe Craven

 Your Improvisation class introduced and connected me to many ideas; spontaneity as movement without “thinking”… all of us already improvisers in speech and ways to connect that to improvised music, hearing music in speech, (that was way cool), metronomic rhythm in our walk … The value of vocal scatting … I know there was more. This is an onion with a lot of layers. More please and thank you!

                                                                  – Vocàli student

Award winning educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, and event emcee, Joe has so enjoyed making richly diverse music over 30 years with many folks whose music you may well know and many whose amazing music you may never know.Whether with corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, Goodwill Industries, The United Way, young men in a juvenile detention center, families in homeless shelters, a university lecture in Washington, jamming with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, on stage at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, or on a ladder with an angel food cake pan in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland… no matter who and what Joe’s connected with, he’s at home and loving every minute.

A multi-instrumentalist in the world of strings and percussion, Joe’s favorite instrument is the human voice. Vocáli is a longtime dream and community he’s finally being able to see and hear with the help of some extraordinary people.

Joe Craven is Magical

– San Francisco Chronicle