Randall Compton holds a bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from Iowa State University.
Compton has degrees in psychology and music education from Iowa State University. He directs and sings in a male vocal quintet called The Music Men which started in 1975. He is employed as the Music Librarian for WOI Radio on the Iowa State University campus (WOI‑AM‑FM's format is classical music/talk/public affairs).
His wife, Sara, is also a music graduate and is the Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa State Center.