The Epicenter Musical Performance Organization

New Music Ensemble

Los Angeles, California


TEMPO (The Epicenter Musical Performance Organization), dedicated to the pursuit, performance, and perseverance of contemporary music, was formed in 2008 at California State University, Northridge by Daniel Kessner and Julia Heinen.

In Spring 2019, TEMPO was honored to receive 1st prize at the Doug Davis Performance Grant for their performance of Fred Lerdahl’s “Time After Time.” In addition, Doug Davis has sponsored a commission for a new work by composer David Werfelmann was premiered in February 2023.

The ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion consists of faculty, alumni, and friends,  all of whom share a passion for performing works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

In 2023-2024 TEMPO celebrates its 15th season of bringing contemporary music to the world.  In addition to programming established contemporary works,  it also hosts an annual “Call for Scores,” selecting several works to feature each season.

Congratulations to our Call for Scores winners
for the 15th season in 2023-2024

                • COMING SOON!!!!

Performances 2023-2024

September 17, 2023 @7:30pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Conductor: Glenn Price


  • Jennifer Higdon – Zaka
  • Joan Tower – Petroushskates

February  11th, 2024 @7:30pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Principal Guest Conductor: Michael Powers

Plus More to Come!

Score Submission

TEMPO Ensemble

Score submissions for our 2023-2024 season (our 15th!) have closed as of June 15. Look for our next call in April 2024

Congratulations to our winners for the 2023-2024 season

TEMPO (The Epicenter Music Performance Organization), 
a septet comprised of leading performers in the 
Los Angeles area, consisting of flutes (all), 
clarinets (all), violin(s), viola(s), cello, 
percussion, and piano, and 1st place winner of the 
2019 Douglas Davis Performance Competition 
invites scores with or without conductor, 
either for the entire ensemble or smaller groups 
within our instrumentation.  

Works will be selected for our coming 15th Season 
in 2023-24 concert season in Los Angeles at 
California State University, Northridge 
in addition to other venues. 

Submissions of scores and recordings by June 15th, 
2023. For multiple submissions, please submit 
separate forms for each work.

Submissions must include a $40 fee for the first score, 
and $20 for each additional piece.

Recordings can be either live or recorded performances 
or synthetic renditions.

Questions should be addressed to 
Julia Heinen, julia.heinen@csun.edu


TEMPO New Music Ensemble

California State University, Northridge

Department of Music

Attention: Julia Heinen

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8314

(818) 677-3168