Music Educator, Conductor, Pianist
Vincent D. Jones-Centeno is the music director and conductor of Cascadia Chamber Opera, a post he has held since the summer of 2009. Dr. Centeno has conducted Brahms' Piano Concerto no. 2, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Ibert's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Mozart's Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Beethoven's Fidelio and the world premiere of Gans-Morse's The Tango of the White Gardenia among several others.
Dr. Centeno received the Master of Music in Piano Performance from DePaul University in Chicago under the tutelage of Mary Sauer, principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University; and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory from the University of Oregon (UO), dissertation title, Text-Painting through Neo-Riemannian Transformation and Rhythmic Manipulation in the Vocal Music of Benjamin Britten.
While at UO, he served as the Graduate Conductor for the University Symphony and the Opera Workshop. Dr. Centeno has extensive teaching experience including private piano, instrumental conducting, music history, and music theory. He also served for ten years as the Education and Artistic Director of the People’s Music School in Chicago.
Currently, he is a private teacher for piano and organ at the Astoria Conservatory of Music, the general music teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary, the Music Director of the North Coast Chorale, the Music Director of Cascadia Chamber Opera, and the pianist and organist at the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Astoria.