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.