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 Horse-drawnproductions.com.
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).