East Lake Expression Engine

Expression Engine is the driving force behind the reason why I pursue music as passionately as I do. I love these kids - they have my heart. 

East Lake Expression Engine is working through the New City Fellowship tutoring and mentoring program East Lake Every Child Taught (ELECT), partnered with the YMCA of Chattanooga. During the summer, students participate in daily morning music classes such as choir, bucket band, musicianship, and orchestra. We are inspired by the musical ideals of the El Sistema movement, that music is an effective avenue for developing children’s creativity and problem solving skills, and building up a strong community. Expression Engine also supports the church’s presence and work through gospel-centered relationships with children in the greater East Lake neighborhood. 


Co-founders: Michael Kendall, Libby O'Neil, & Evelyn Petcher