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By Jesse P. Karlsberg

Title Year Type Files First line
Madera C.M. 2022 Plain tune pdf Help us to help each other, Lord,
Oak Grove Road L.P.M. 2019 Fuging tune pdf Great God, the heav'n's well-ordered frame
The Musician C.P.M. 2019 Fuging tune pdf Thou God of harmony and love,
Everlasting Lines C.M.D. 2018 Fuging tune pdf Wise, just, and righteous are thy ways;
Trembling Spirit S.M. 2018 Fuging tune pdf And am I born to die?
Moreland L.M. 2016 Plain tune pdf I am a stranger here below,
Peachtree 11s & 8s 2015–16 Plain tune pdf Ye objects of sense and enjoyments of time,
Ezekiel’s Vision 2014 Anthem pdf I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire.
Waddell Street C.M. 2014 Fuging tune pdf O land of rest for thee I sigh:
Anniston L.M. 2013 Plain tune pdf Sweet is the day of sacred rest,
Gadsden L.M.D. 2013 Fuging tune pdf Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray,
Lee C.M. 2013–14 Plain tune pdf Not from the dust affliction grows,
Rutherfordton 11s 2013–14 Folk hymn pdf O Jesus, my Savior, I know thou art mine,
Aaron’s Beard 2012 Anthem pdf Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
Akerman L.P.M. 2012 Fuging tune pdf Where'er he spreads his beams abroad,
Norfolk S.M. 2012 Fuging tune pdf My days are as the grass
Sweetest Joys C.P.M. 2012 Folk hymn pdf Say, mighty Love, and teach my song,
Ceresa C.P.M. 2010 Fuging tune pdf Thou God of harmony and love,
Clinton C.M. 2010 Fuging tune pdf Let every mortal ear attend,
Farewell Brethren C.M. 2010 Plain tune pdf Brethren, I bid you all farewell,
Heavenly Choir 10s & 11s 2010 Part song pdf Ye heavenly choir, assist me to sing,
Meditation L.M. 2010 Fuging tune pdf My God, permit me not to be
A Glimpse of Thee L.M. 2009 Fuging tune pdf Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace
Auburndale C.M.D. 2009 Fuging tune pdf O for a thousand tongues to sing
Choccolocco L.M. 2009 Fuging tune pdf I am a stranger here below,
Eagle Lake 8s & 7s 2009 Folk hymn pdf Dark and thorny is the desert
Newton C.M. 2009 Fuging tune pdf In vain I trace creation o'er
Worship 8s & 7s 2009 Camp meeting tune pdf Brethren, we have met to worship,
Błazej S.M. 2008 Part song pdf My Maker and my King,
Dearborn S.P.M. 2008 Fuging tune pdf When men of mischief rise
Douglasville C.M.D. 2008 Fuging tune pdf Eternal Sun of righteousness,
Middletown L.M.D. 2008 Fuging tune pdf Broad is the road that leads to death
Saint’s Reward L.P.M. 2008 Fuging tune pdf For ever blessed be the Lord,
Wilscot S.M. 2008 Fuging tune pdf Blest are the sons of peace,
Compassion S.M. 2007–09 Fuging tune pdf What is it keeps me back,
Home in Heaven 7s 2007 Folk hymn pdf Though the world may me disown,
Prayer of Faith S.M. 2007 Fuging tune pdf Hungry, and faint, and poor
Hamrick 7s 2006–07 Plain tune pdf Lord, I would be as Thou art;
Now I Was Free 2005–09 Ode pdf I looked at my hand to see if I was the same person now I was free,


I have been composing music in the styles of the Sacred Harp since 2003. I have learned about writing music from Raymond C. Hamrick, P. Dan Brittain, and Neely Bruce as well as from my fellow tune writers from the Northeastern United States, especially Aldo Ceresa, Allison Blake Steel, and Lauren Bock. My tunes “Hamrick,” “Newton,” and “Clinton” are included in the Northern Harmony (Fifth Edition, 2012). Another tune of mine, “A Glimpse of Thee,” is included in The Sacred Harp (Revised Cooper Edition, 2012) with an alternate text under the name “National Blessings.” Two more songs, “Douglasville” and “Wilscot,” are included in The Shenandoah Harmony (2013). Seven songs of mine are included in issues of The Trumpet (2011–2014).

Much of my inspiration has come from studying the music of composers whose songs are in The Sacred Harp. I am particularly fond of the songs in our book by Daniel Read, William Walker, E. J. King, Sarah Lancaster, J. P. and H. S. Rees, and O. A. Parris.

I sing tenor and bass at Sacred Harp singings in Georgia, Alabama, and beyond. I serve as vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, and as a member of the committee revising the tunebook. I also edit The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter and serve as director of research for the Publishing Company’s Sacred Harp Museum. I teach regularly at Camp Fasola, an annual summer camp for learning Sacred Harp singing and traditions. I research and write on the history and social context of Sacred Harp singing and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the subject titled “Folklore’s Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing.”

I would appreciate any feedback about these tunes. Please feel free to e-mail me at