East Lake Expression Engine is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization, working alongside the New City Fellowship East Lake tutoring and mentoring program East Lake Every Child Taught (ELECT), partnered with the YMCA of Chattanooga. Throughout the school year and summer, students participate in daily music classes such as choir, bucket band, musicianship, and orchestra. We are inspired by the musical ideals of the El Sistema movement, viewing music as an effective avenue for developing children’s creativity and problem solving skills, and building up strong communities. The Engine also supports the New City Fellowship EL church’s presence and work through gospel-centered relationships with children in the greater East Lake neighborhood. 


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