Meet Your Neighbor: Beth Clark, 56
Under Beth Clark’s direction, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches has grown from 100 to more than 350 of the community’s most talented voices. The organization, with singers who range in age from 8 to 18, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and marked the occasion with a special concert at the Kravis Center on May 19.
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What is the most unusual item you own?
A picture of my mother with Johnny Carson. My mother dated Carson during World War II, but my grandfather insisted she break up because he didn’t think Carson, a magician, would ever amount to anything.
If you could have any job for a while, what would it be?
I’d like to work at the United Nations because I love working with different cultures and different countries.
Who is your hero or someone who has inspired you?
My daughter, Lauren. She is a gifted performer and incredibly brave. She puts herself out there with new performances all the time, which of course opens you up for criticism.
What event changed your life the most?
Marrying my childhood sweetheart when I was 19. We share the same work ethic.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My mother really believed in the importance of reading and enrolled me in book clubs when I was 8 and through high school. I got two books a month. My siblings got them, too. It introduced me to the classics and made me a great reader.
What is one thing people don’t know about you that would surprise them?
I love pop music and techno dance music.