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 2021-2022 TEMPO celebrates its 13th 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  20th, 2022 @7:30pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Guest Conductor: Michael Powers

Paul Dickenson
Sonnets and Songs for solo voice and chamber ensemble

Noam Makeover
Tortoise in the Wind for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello

James Pecore
Angel Blood for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello

Jake Schoenfeld
In Synergy for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, percussion, and piano

And More!!!!!

October 3rd, 2021 @7:30pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Frank Campo
Five Miniatures from a Troubled Planet for clarinet and string quartet (2020) 

Richard Derby
Tribute for solo cello (2013) 

Keith Fitch
Midnight Rounds for flute/bass flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano/celesta (2010)

Gunter Gaupp
A Wind Badly Wants to Move the Earth for string quartet (2020)

Yuting Tan
birds that sing at night (2019)

David Werfelmann
On Vitreous Forms for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (rev. 2020) 

Program with Biographies and Notes

Score Submission

TEMPO Ensemble

(The Epicenter Musical Performance Organization)

14th  Season 2022-2023

Submissions for our 14th season are closed.

Thank you to all the wonderful submissions we received. We will be announcing the winners by August 1st.


TEMPO New Music Ensemble

California State University, Northridge

Department of Music

Attention: Julia Heinen

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8314

(818) 677-3168