CSPA Instructors

Jerry Jay Cranford

A professional actor, singer and dancer, he has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables), international and national tours (Les MiserablesEvita European Company as featured dancer, Singing in the Rain as Don, Anything Goes as Billy), regional stages, television and spent 3 years as the Genie in Disneyland's stage musical Aladdin.  While at Disney, he served as a clinician teaching workshops in music history, music theory and improvisation.  He has also performed as a principal with the acclaimed Kansas City Lyric Opera in their production of Turandot.  He has served as director/choreographer for the world premiere of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure and A Year with Frog and Toad at the Coterie Theatre named one of the countries top five children’s theaters by Time magazine, the regional premiere of Everyday Rapture working with original star Sherie Renee Scott and librettist Dick Scanlan, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Les Miserables for the Merry Go Round Theater in New York, Aladdin and Peter Cottontail III for Kansas City Starlight Theatre at the Kauffman Performing Art Center and received an Ovation Nomination in Vancouver, BC for his production of The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Most recently, he performed as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and as Gomez in The Addams Family for The New Theatre.  

Dr. Wayne Goins

Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, has performed with guitarist Kenny Burrell, saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. Goins has experience in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, conducting jazz ensembles and teaching guitar at Morehouse College, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University. Goins authored the award-winning book, A Biography Of Charlie Christian (2005), The Jazz Band Director’s Handbook (2003), and Emotional Response to Music: Pat Metheny’s Secret Story (2001) [Edwin Mellen Press.] In 2006 Goins published The Wise Improvisor, a college textbook on jazz improvisation. Goins founded Little Apple Records, his own record label, and released West Coast Swing, Standard Fare, Smokin’ at The Oak Bar, Bluesin' With The B3, Home...Cookin!,and Chronicles of Carmela, released in early 2011. Goins writes for Jazz Ambassador and Jazz Inside magazine, where he has written extensive articles. Goins’ fifth book, That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story will be published by University of Illinois Press.

Kiirsi Maunula Johnson

Dr. Johnson, Adjunct Instructor of Horn at Bethel College has performed with orchestras throughout North America, including the Wichita Grand Opera, Tallahassee Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, and Orchestra London (ON). She has been featured as a guest clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and chamber musician at numerous colleges and conferences including the Southeast Horn Workshop, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, International Horn Society Conference, and the Canadian MusicFest National Conference. Dr. Johnson is also an active chamber musician and promoter of new works. Recently co-founding the Conspiratus Brass Duo to bring the music of new North American composers to the newest generation of musicians through clinics and recitals at both high schools and colleges across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Johnson holds her Doctorate of Music from the Florida State University. Along with her Master of Music degree and a cognate in Arts Administration from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Stephen Loch

Stephen Loch is a teacher, performer, choreographer and creator.  He received his BFA in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance from Western Kentucky University. Upon completion, he worked in Louisville with ZFX Flying Effects as an aerial dancer, performing in Las Vegas and New York.  

During his time in Atlanta, he taught dance and created new dance works for the stage with Brooks and Company Dance and Rule of 3 Productions.  Stephen holds his MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he taught majors and non-majors in contemporary, modern and tap dance techniques.  

Stephen has spent time studying Graham and Horton modern techniques as well as Simonson Jazz technique.  He is also interested in bringing his knowledge of Alexander technique and other somatic (mind/body) practices to his dance classes.  He had the privilege of studying Safety Release technique for 3 years under the tutelage of BJ Sullivan.  His choreography and improvisational pieces have been shown in Atlanta and throughout North Carolina including Durham, Raleigh, Burlington and Greensboro.  

Dr. Augustin Muriago

Equally passionate as a performer, pedagogue, and scholar, Agustin Muriago is continuously developing these three facets of his career in music. In his native Argentina he earned degrees in piano performance, piano pedagogy, and composition. As a prizewinner of the 2008 “Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur” auditions under the direction of Mirian Conti, he continued his studies in the United States, earning degrees in piano performance from The Hartt School (DMA), New York University (MM), and Rowan University (B.M. summa cum laude).

In addition to traditional instruction, Dr. Muriago is a certified Suzuki method teacher. He has offered master classes and adjudicated competitions in the US and Argentina. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Prior to his appointment at Kansas State University, Agustin Muriago served on the faculties at The Hartt School community division and New York University.

Christine Vavra


David Wood

David Wood is the director of K-State’s historical performance ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and teaches music courses for non-majors. His performing career has included appearances with Dallas Bach Society, The Orchestra of New Spain (Dallas), The New York Baroque Dance Company, The New York State Baroque, Texas Choral Artists, and Fenix de los Ingenios, as well as performances at the Boston, Indianapolis, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals. He was also a founding member of Ishallyn Ensemble for Early Celtic Music. He holds degrees from Kansas State University (B.M. Voice) and the University of North Texas (M.M. Choral Conducting and Voice), and he studied early music ensemble direction at the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. His primary emphases have been the sacred vocal music of the 12th to 18th centuries, liturgical reconstruction, and historical pronunciation. David also serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for the North American early music service organization, Early Music America, and he is a contributing writer for the nationally-syndicated public radio program Harmonia Early Music.