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.”

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 2019-2020 TEMPO celebrates its 11th 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.


February 2nd, 2020 


CSUN – Cypress Recital Hall

Program includes:

Jeff Gao

“03-15-2019 Christchurch” Trio for violin, cello, and piano

Todd Goodman

Imprint  for violin, clarinet, and piano

Steven Mackey

Indigenous Instruments  for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Kurt Rohde

Under the Influence for bass clarinet  and string quartet

Martin Rokeach

Going Up? for Eight Strings and a Whistle for flute, viola, and cello

Stephen Yip

November White II for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano

Score Submission

TEMPO Ensemble

(The Epicenter Musical Performance Organization)

11th  Season 2019-2020

Call for Scores


John CostaVenom

Jeff Gao – “03-15-2019 Christchurch”

Todd GoodmanImprint

Joshua HeyRecreation

Texu KimFanfare

Martin RokeachGoing Up

Stephen Yip – November White II


Thanks to all the fantastic works we had submitted for 2019-20 season! 

Our Call for Scores for 2020-2021 will be posted on April 1, 2020


TEMPO New Music Ensemble

California State University, Northridge

Department of Music

Attention: Julia Heinen

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8314

(818) 677-3168