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Academia Hernando musician interview

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Since age 14, Tim Kaufman has devoted his life to the spreading of positivity through music; Making his message known through national events and television appearances, CDs and digital music, and concerts performed around the world. And at 10 am on Jan. 14th, Kaufman will kick off the Spring 2022 season of Academia Hernando by bringing audiences “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something For YOU!” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., in Spring Hill.

Drawing its origins more than a decade ago from the popular Mondays in Brooksville program, Academia Hernando is a not-for-profit lifelong learning organization providing quality instruction and learning experiences for adult students throughout Hernando County and beyond. The program is sponsored by The Hernando Sun, Kenjo’s Tree Service and The Residence at Timber Pines. 

Although Kaufman’s repertoire ranges from the National Anthem (which he performed at the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Washington Wizard games), to popular gospel favorites, and has been a frequent guest on Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch television program, The 700 Club, and Adrian Rogers’ Love Worth Finding television program.  He draws from another source of inspiration to present a spectacle of pop songs and ballads from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s & ‘80s known as “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something For YOU!” 

“Tommy Dorsey had a theme of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue for his shows. My variation offers something ‘for you’, songs from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, mixed in with a few gospel songs and some Christmas songs, since we’re still close to the season,” said Kaufman. 

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This Indiana native developed his talent as an avid church choir singer and student vocalist throughout high school and college, going on to record the gospel CDs “Favorites,” “Blessed Are Those” and “Give Your Heart a Home.” He has supervised the music departments of many churches, including Northcliffe Church in Spring Hill. 

Yet regardless of the genre of music that Kaufman performs, he approaches every performance with a singular goal in mind. “I hope that people will find a life lesson somewhere in my performance,” he said. Whether he’s singing a hymn or a rockin’ pop tune, Kaufman considers his musical abilities to be a God-given gift. “Singing is a ministry and a gift,” he said.

Aside from life lessons, Tim Kaufman likes to provoke yet another reaction in audiences. “I like to see their smiles.”

An academic subscription to Academia Hernando costs $70 and includes all eight lectures and a mystery bus trip excursion. Tickets to individual lectures are $10. For more information, visit www.academiahernando.org or call (352) 515-0300 or (352) 686-4035.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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