I went down to Houston a couple weeks ago for an audition and saw Bill. He let me stay over at his place while I was there. Rice seemed really nice. Bill is getting ready for auditions in Europe, which is really cool.
I made a simple interface in NeoEngine for doing asynchronous hardware occlusion queries. I'll bang out a more thorough test program soon, then add DirectX support before I commit it. Right now I've only done the OpenGL implementation of it using ARB_occlusion_query and NV_occlusion_query extensions. There's also an older HP_occlusion_query extension, but it doesn't provide as much information so I don't want to support it at all.
Last weekend there was a small recital by Duo Renard, which is Mark and Ute Miller's duo. They each played a solo piece (she played some really nice viola piece by Joachim that I did not know, and he played a Prokofiev violin sonata), then they finished with Bruch Double Concerto. It was pretty cool. I had never heard it before with violin (I'm used to it being viola and clarinet, which is how I played it). It was very cool.
Then I played in East Texas Symphony last week and they performed it with the orchestra. It was really nice. We also did Mahler Symphony No.1 and some newish piece that I found uninteresting.