Joel did not make it to the next round. In the email he sent, of course he was feeling a bit down, but he also said he was at peace with it. I just got off the phone with the airline and we got his ticket changed so that he will be flying home tomorrow.
I think he still has a wonderful experience, and he was able to make some connections with other conductors, which is always a vital thing when it comes to getting anywhere in this business. Perhaps we'll never know why we felt so strongly to get him out there, but I think that it really was a good thing, regardless of the outcome.
And now he can go interview with the University without any problem.
Everything really does work out.