Board Member, Astoria
Bereniece Jones-Centeno is an educator, arts administrator and musician. She is happy to call the North Oregon Coast home after moving from Chicago in 2008 to sing for Eugene Opera and later serving as the president of the opera company’s board of directors. Bereniece studied at the University of Oregon where she completed a Master of Music degree as well as the Arts and Administration program. She is the artistic director and co-founder of Cascadia Chamber Opera, a touring opera company with a summer opera festival at its home base in Astoria. Currently, Bereniece serves as the part-time executive director of the Charlene Larsen Center for the Performing Arts and teaches music for sixth through twelfth graders at the Astoria School District.
“For me, Oregon has always been one of the most appealing locales for arts and culture given the idyllic landscape and the wealth of artistic endeavor,” says Bereniece. “It has been my long-held passion to be an integral part of the cultural fiber that reaches so many diverse citizens.”