Our Staff

Jeane Goforth, CEO and Founder:

Jeane's daughter, Molly, is a cello performance major at the University of Louisville. She graduated from

the Alabama School of Fine Arts, is a National Merit Scholar, has participated in the Aspen Music

Festival, the National Festival Orchestra, and appeared on the public radio program 'From the Top'.

Molly is her inspiration. Jeane believes child should have that opportunity.

Jeane graduated first in her class in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1981. She came to

Birmingham as a petroleum engineer with Sonat, now El Paso, in 1985 and then became a stay-at-home mom

when Molly was born in 1988. When her children were small, she had a sewing business out of her home,

specializing in costumes and doll clothes. She worked overnight stocking laundry detergent at WalMart to

buy Molly's first cello. She was active as a volunteer in the Music Opportunity Program and the ASFA

music department. She served on the ASFA PTSO board for several years as hospitality chair. She eventually

worked at ASFA as the administrative assistant for the Music Opportunity Program.

Wanting to recreate for other children the experience of diversity and harmony that Molly had in youth

orchestra, she joined with Nick Lacanski to form the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama

in June of 2007. Inspired by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and the El Sistema program of

Venezuela, they determined to offer low-cost tuition music lessons to underserved children in Birmingham,

beginning at Hill Elementary School and on Southside in February, 2008. To facilitate this, she donated

her retirement funds to MYOCA to begin Scrollworks.

Jeane's dream is to see youth orchestras with a rainbow of faces representing our community to the world.

Let the world think of music when it thinks of Birmingham.

Julie Shum is so grateful to have been a music teacher for 25 amazing years! Julie earned a BFA in Music Theater from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 1997 and began teaching private voice at the Conservatory of Central Illinois in 1999. After relocating to Birmingham, AL so her husband could work at the virtual reality laboratory at UAB, in 2002.

Julie has taught at the Conservatory of Birmingham-Southern, Community Education South, the Waldorf School, Highlands United Methodist, and is currently employed at Mason Music, where she served as lead piano teacher for the last two years.

Since 2009, Julie has worked for Scrollworks, teaching classes and private lessons for children ages 5 to 18. She has been the choir director for 7 years and also has taught chamber orchestra, recorder ensemble, piano class, and private voice, flute, guitar/ukulele, and piano. She takes particular joy in teaching the Instrument Explorers class for 5 to 7 year olds.

Julie has performed as a jazz vocalist presented by the Birmingham Arts Association. She has conducted community choir and children’s musicals. Julie has fronted local bands as a vocalist and also performed as a church soloist at several downtown Birmingham churches. Julie coaches many successful auditioners for show choir and local musicals; she has had one student accepted into ASFA in vocal performance and one student accepted at Montevallo University in vocal performance.

Julie was invited by Jeane Goforth to step into the position of Operations Director in March of 2020.

Dane Lawley: Education Director

Dane is a retired educator with over 44 years of experience teaching music to all ages. He is certified in grades K-12 with a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Troy State University. He has also done post graduate studies at the University of Montevallo and taught Distance Learning through the University of Alabama. His teaching duties included concert band, marching band, guitar and general music.

He was the Director of Instrumental Music as well as the Fine Arts Department Chairman at Chelsea High School in Shelby County for 38 years before retiring in 2016. Prior to his retirement he was the Chairman of the Shelby County Band Directors' Association for 25 years. Part of his responsibilities as chairmen included coordinating the Shelby County Honor Band Festival and the related tryouts for the Honor Band. Dane is the former choir director at New Life Assembly of God in Westover, Alabama and he presently plays bass guitar on the praise and worship team. Dane is currently an adjunct instructor teaching music classes/lessons at several public schools in the Birmingham metropolitan area.

He is also the Educational Director at Scrollworks which is a part of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama and teaches instrument lessons, guitar class and conducts the Chamber Winds. His present music teaching duties also include teaching music classes at the Metropolitan Church of God located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dane's professional affiliations include National Association of Music Educators,

Alabama Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.