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Hugh M. McElyea

Composer/Librettist

Composer Hugh M. McElyea was born in Central Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and History. After four years in the U.S. Air Force he moved to New York City and, while working for Belwin-Mills Music Publishers, he studied with Lehman Engle in the music theatre workshop sponsored by Broadcast Music Inc. (Entering the workshop as a composer, he soon found himself adding on the challenged of becoming a lyricist and has been writing words with music ever since.) He also spent two years in Italy as the orchestra manager for the Spoleto Festival. 

As a pianist, McElyea learned to compose by composing. In today’s world of rhythm, he retains a love of melodies with harmonies, and his compositions include chamber music drama, musical theatre, choral and symphonic music.

After four decades in New York City, he returned to the family farm in Central Florida where currently his closest neighbors are fifteen cows, a bull named Durham, and their annual offspring. In the morning it’s at the piano; in the afternoon it’s on the tractor. The perfect balance for keeping sane in a crazy world and having a reasonably good life.

 
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David Atchison

Executive Producer

David is a founding partner and Executive Producer of Orpheus Theatrical Group, LLC and has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a professional musician, stage manager, producer and attorney.  As a professional horn player, David toured with Ray Charles, Bobby Goldsboro, Henry Mancini and Radio City orchestras as well as performing in the pit for over 30 musicals.

For 13-years, as a member of the Walt Disney entertainment team, David helped produce the opening of Epcot as well as multiple large-scale events including Super Bowl halftime shows and television specials.  David also includes the World Cup Opening Ceremony, the Indy 500 parade, London’s Grand Christmas parade, and White House special events among his producer credits. 

David is an entertainment attorney and member of the Florida bar graduating cum laude from Florida A&M University School of Law.  He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Intellectual Property Law from Western Michigan University Law School, an MBA from West Texas A&M University and BA in music education from Texas Tech University. 

 
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Stephen Nebgen

Chief Legal Counsel

Mr. Nebgen has been practicing entertainment law for close to twenty (20) years and been involved in the entertainment industry for close to forty (40) years. His clients include film, television and theatre companies, actors/actresses, musicians and many authors and painters.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Nebgen is a producer with credits in film, television, theatre and music. He is also a professor at numerous colleges and is currently the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee to the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre and is a member of the Arizona Production Association and serves on the Membership Committee.

Mr. Nebgen received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in Religious Studies, graduating summa cum laude. He then attended The University of Texas School of Law, where he co-founded The Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law ("TRESL").