Maria T. Centeno


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Joined Nov 13 2012
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NACOPRW - New York Chapter Inc.

About Me

Nickname:  Terry

Born in New York of Puerto Rican parents.  My mother was from Carolina and my father from Caguas, Puerto Rico. 

I have been with NACOPRW since 1974 when our meetings were held at the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Office.  We have come a long way and I am proud to see our women carrying the torch and passing it on to our youth. 

I started piano lessons at the age of 3.  Besides taking private lessons, I also studied piano a few years at the prestigious Juilliard Institute of Music. Leonard Bernstein & I were the only ones in class that had perfect  pitch.  (I was the youngest in the class & he was in his late20's).

My first professional engagement was at the age of 15 with Chucho Montalban, Manager/Owner of the Puerto Rico Theater, on Brook Avenue, in the Bronx.  I've had the priviledge to "sit-in" & played with Tito Puente, Machito, Charlie/Willie Palmieri etc.  I'm proud to say that I played with and for the best in the music world, including Celia Cruz.

I worked as a Federal Investigator in 2 Departments (DED/HUD).  I retired after 37years.  Since 1995 to the present, I've been doing volunteer work at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

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2 Comments

Reply Madame President
4:07 PM on December 30, 2014 
RIP. Maria "Terri" Centeno is now playing for the Angels
Reply Maria T. Centeno
2:52 PM on January 16, 2013 
Each Chapter member can be a role model for some student, single mother, family or friend. Let's try to open another world to our young women: they are our FUTURE. LET'S GIVE THEM A HAND. EVERY MEMBER CAN BRING A PROSPECTIVE MEMBER & WE CAN BE THEIR MENTOR. LET'S TRY IT!!!!