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BIO & RESUME (highlights)

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Vincent D. Jones-Centeno has over thirty years of experience teaching piano, music theory, music history, aural training and composition to students of all ages and levels.  Dr. Centeno is also an accomplished instrumental and choral conductor.  His teaching experience include keyboard skills and instrumental conducting at the University of Oregon and Montay College in Chicago.  Currently, he is teaching at the Astoria Conservatory of Music, the general music teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary, the music director and conductor of the Cascadia Chamber Opera, the organist and music director at the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Astoria, and the pianist for the North Coast Chorale. Previous experiences include serving as the Education and Artistic Director of the People’s Music School and music director of Genesis Opera in Chicago.

Former piano students include piano instructor, Janel Carbonell-McGrath who is currently writing a curriculum that combines music and math, and Adrian Metzger, owner of a professional recording studio, teaches private piano and performs regularly in the Chicago-Metropolitan area.  Adrian’s studio website link is

Dr. Centeno received the Master of Music in Piano Performance from DePaul University (Chicago, IL), the Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory with Choral Conducting as supporting area from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR).

General Music Teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School since 2017.

Music and Artistic Director
 of the North Coast Chorale, 2022.  Formerly the accompanist, 2016-2022.

Keyboard Skills Instructor (Piano and Pipe Organ) at the Astoria Conservatory of Music since 2019.

Organist and Music Director at the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Astoria since October 2016.

Music Director and Conductor for the Cascadia Chamber Opera since July 2009.

Conducting and Keyboard Skills Graduate Instructor at the University of Oregon from 2009 to 2015.

Artistic and Education Director at the People's Music School in Chicago from 2001 to 2008.

Applied Piano, Music History and Music Theory Instructor at Montay College in Chicago (formerly Felician College) from 1987 to 1995.
University of Oregon Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory with supporting area in Choral Conducting, 2015.

Dissertation: Text Painting Through Neo-Riemannian Transformation and Rhythmic Manipulation in the Vocal Music of Benjamin Britten.

Pacific University Master of Arts in Teaching, 2021.

De Paul University Master of Music, 1987 and the Bachelor of Music, 1985.
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