Vocal Music Faculty

Mr. Mike Pierson, Director

    Mike Pierson is in his 14th year as Choral Director at Rock Bridge High School. At RBHS, Mr. Pierson directs four concert choirs, two show choirs, teaches the Musical Theatre class and  directs the fall stage musical production and is the Performing Arts Department Chair. Mr. Pierson grew up in Kansas City where he attended Oak Park High School. After high school he attended Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg, where he sang in Concert and Chamber choirs and also sang in the show choir as a Vocal Music Education Major. After college, Mr. Pierson taught music (6th grade - 12th grade) in Centralia for twelve years. While at Centralia, Mr. Pierson's choirs consistently received Superior Ratings at State Music Contest and at the Six Flags Music Festival. The Centralia Concert Choir was also invited and sang in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2004, he joined the faculty of Rock Bridge High School. Mr. Pierson has earned a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2004 he was honored as the Outstanding Director of the Northeast District of the Missouri Choral Directors Association, and most recently, he was selected as the Outstanding High School Educator for Columbia Public Schools by the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence in 2013.  Choirs under Pierson's direction have traveled and performed domestically and in Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico and Spain.  In 2016, Mr. Pierson returned to Carnegie Hall with the Rock Bridge Concert Choir for a solo performance.  Outside of teaching music Mr. Pierson is an avid, yet average golfer. He has also served Centralia First Christian Church and Broadway Christian Church in Columbia as a part time choir director and youth worship team leader. He is married to his wife, Gina. They have twin sons, Aidan and Trevor.
573-214-3147 (office)
573-819-6055 (mobile)
Mrs. Christine Nichols, Teacher (Women's Chorus/Musical Theatre)

Christine Jarquio Nichols 

Christine Nichols is an active music educator, singer, conductor, and pianist in Columbia.  She starts her fourth year of teaching (fall 2016) at Jefferson Middle School and her first year teaching at Rock Bridge High School. In addition to teaching middle school vocal music full-time, Christine directs and accompanies various ensembles with the Columbia Youth Choirs, as well as maintains a private voice studio.  She enjoys having time to sing in three professional choral chamber ensembles: Vox Nova (www.voxnovacomo.com), Prometheus (www.prometheusmusic.org), and Pro-Arte of Saint Louis (www.proartestl.org). Christine also has the privilege of collaborating with Columbia area musicians as a guest soloist on occasion.  She performed as alto soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the local high schools and Columbia College’s Jane Froman Singers.  Past performances include scenes programs and opera productions with the University’s Show-Me Opera Program.  With the Show-Me Opera Program, she sang the role of the sassy Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.  For two summers, Christine was part of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival, where she performed in several opera productions and scenes.  In 2012 she was selected as a winner of the Emerging Artists Competition and also won the regional division of the Classical Singer Competition.  She has soloed in Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, J. Michael Haydn’s Missa Sancti Hieronymi, Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, and Vivaldi’s Magnificat, RV610. Christine holds a dual Master of Music in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education.  She and her husband Jay love exploring nature and traveling.  They also have two hound dogs, Elly and Oliver.

Janet Mathews, Accompanist
Victoria Mongillo, Costumer
Antwon Chavis, Choreographer - City Lights Show Choir