Allen P. Hobbs

HOBBS, ALLEN P. Allen P. Hobbs of Denver passed away peacefully on August 3. Mr. Hobbs served for many years as the organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Funeral Mass, Monday, 10:30 AM, Little Sisters of the Poor Mullen Home, 3629 W. 29th Ave. Interment at Fairmount Cemetery. He is survived by his stepmother, Catherine; his brother, Larry; and was uncle to Aaron, Chiara, Abigail, and Emily.
Published by Denver Post from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2007.
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Allen played a major influence in my life, not only because I was a piano student of his along with other contemporaries like the late Paul Riedo, but also from my ongoing exposure to his compositional brilliance while I was a young chorister in the famed Cathedral Boys Choir that performed many of his works including his triumphant Mass of the High Holy Days, his massive oratorio Xristus written for full orchestra, two choirs and pipe organ, and other great pieces that we performed for high Masses and other liturgical functions throughout the year, and even the coronation of a bishop and the release of two albums.

Allen helped shape my musical destiny for which I am forever thankful for. As a Julliard student who also was affiliated with the Conservatoire de Paris, his genius and perfectionism shined in all that he did. Allen gifted the Catholic Church and musical community at large with not only an impressive body of music, but humble and dedicated servitude to the Basilicas musical department for many years accompanied by spirited musical director Msgr. Richard Heister, both who were at the core of what I view as the golden years of Cathedrals musical legacy. Allen is forever missed as I reflect on him often. I thank him for the tremendous influence he had on me and countless other young aspiring musicians at that time.

God be with you, Allen!
Michael Tamburello
April 23, 2019
Allen ('Mr. Hobbs' as I called him) was an incredible person and piano teacher. I studied with him when I was 15 years old. He was just the right amount of strict, supportive and quirky that I needed. I had had a wonderful teacher for 2 years as a child that had moved away, and then he was replaced with a horrible teacher who would smack my hands with a ruler every time I made a mistake in a lesson. After that horrific experience as a child, I had quit piano after just 3 months with that teacher. Telling my mother "I hated piano!" Well, that just wasn't true. Thankfully as a young teen, I gathered the courage to try again and found Allen Hobbs. What a lucky day in my life that was! I remember sometimes driving to my lessons and calling him outside, trying to cancel my lesson when I didn't have time to practice and he would always tell me to come in any way. In those lessons I learned so much and continued to reach higher levels of playing than I had ever imagined. As a young songwriter who wrote by ear, he forced me to notate out every single note and an arrangement. It took me months to do one song! But I learned from that hard work and ended up with an A in notation later in music college because of it! He wrote a recommendation letter for my audition to Berklee College Of Music, which I ended up being accepted and performed in my own shows won several songwriting awards there. I have since had a few Hit songs on the Billboard charts, composed for Film and TV, written, song and done voice-overs for jingles and have had a massive career as a singer/songwriter and recording artist. I, too now teach piano, voice and songwriting privately. I often share a story about Mr. Hobbs with my students...It goes something like day I was playing Chopin and Mr. Hobbs said in a serious drawl, rolling his eyes, "Chopin is rollllling in his grave right now." We both laughed. I never forgot that and wanted to do the composer compositions justice. Thank you Mr. Hobbs for your gift of music. You are missed and I loved you so. Fawn®
Fawn ®
April 1, 2018
Allen was a very influential force in my life. I studied with him for only a few years, but knew him for 43 years. Allen set the stage for much of my musical career in Denver and was instrumental in shaping my musical taste. I'll always be grateful to him. Requiescat in pace.
Kevin Kennedy
August 6, 2007
With the passing of Allen Hobbs the Denver area has lost much. It has lost a champion of good church music—one of the last of us who worked with Monsignor Bosetti in the glory days of music at the Denver Cathedral. It has lost the official curator of the historic organ at the Denver Cathedral. It has lost a tireless champion and expert musicologist of French organ music, and an unstinting champion of French language and culture, whose efforts were recognized by the French government in its bestowal upon him of the rank of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. It has lost a gifted composer, particularly of sacred music, who even as his physical skills ebbed produced a splendid setting of the mass in Spanish as one of his last compositions. It has lost a devoted member of the Catholic church and a close friend of many members of the clergy of the Archdiocese, including prominent leaders who have preceded him in death such as Monsignor Hiester and Monsignor Canavan. But for me, who enjoyed his unstinting and faithful friendship for more than half a century, the loss goes beyond all these things. I have lost a friend of uniquely beautiful soul, whose sharp intellect, uncompromising integrity, and unselfish generosity enriched my life immeasurably. My deepest sympathy goes to his surviving family. Goodbye, Allen. Thanks for everything. May the chorus of angels receive you and lead you into paradise, where you will enjoy eternally the blessed reward of your faithful service.
Tom Mitchell
August 4, 2007
I have many fine memories of Allen. I treasured our conversations, and I am grateful for all the many ways he helped me as a true friend and colleague. Rest in peace.
Richard Robertson
August 4, 2007
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