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 to be 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 2022-2023 TEMPO celebrates its 14th 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 14th season in 2022-2023

Performances 2022-2023

October 2nd, 2022 @7:30pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Conductor: Glenn Price

Jiyoun Chung
Freestyle Battle

Yalil Guerra
String Quartet

Timothy Kramer
Open Borders

Andrew List
The Devil’s Final Challenge

Gísli Magnússon

Sid Richardson
Tarot Teller

February  5th, 2023 @7:30pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Guest Conductor: Michael Powers

David Werfelmann
Title: How on Earth – World Premiere of the Doug Davis Commissioning Project

Paul Kopetz
The Book of Zodiac

David Maki
Another Time

Sami Seif


Score Submission

TEMPO Ensemble

Score submissions for our 2023-2024 season (our 15th!) is now open!

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