Randal Buikema received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Augustana College; a Master of Arts degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from Western Illinois University; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa. In 1993, Dr. Buikema founded and served as the Artistic Director of the Westminster Fine Arts Series until 2009. Recognized for its quality and innovative programming in the areas of music, theater, visual arts and dance, the series was awarded major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council and the Iowa Humanities Board. Dr. Buikema conducted the Westminster Oratorio Choir and Orchestra in Iowa premieres of Taverner’s Lamentations and Praises, Britten’s Comapny of Heaven, and Mathias’ Jonah. Other major works included Britten’s War Requiem, Stravinski’s Symphony of Psalms, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Honegger’s King David, Mozart’s and Brahms’ Requiems and Bach’s Magnificat. Under his direction, the Westminster Oratorio Choir performed at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Florence Cathedral in Italy, and Salzburg Cathedral in Austria. Westminster’s 2007 production of The Threepenny Opera marked Buikema’s debut as a stage director. Prior to joining the faculty at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Dr. Buikema taught at Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok, Thailand, where he conducted performances for the Kings’ birthday celebration and the Association of South East Asian Nations summit. Buikema has also taught at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Drake University, and Grinnell College. Dr. Buikema is currently the Director of Choral Arts at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.