University of Houston: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences News and Events:
National Association of Teachers of Singing 2014 Emerging Leader Award:
In Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, Opera News noted Marion Russell (Dickson) as one of four standout performers, noting: "Marion Russell’s clarion Patience..."
"...I think you and Shannon performed the set beautifully. You really captured the essence of each song, and the tempos (which are often the hardest thing to grasp in my music) were really
wonderful... I liked the freedom that you took in the "admiring" section of "I'm Nobody."
Lori Laitman, of Marion Dickson and Shannon Hesse's performance of Laitman's Emily Dickinson Songs.
"...I tried to capture the haunting quality of the poem - and I felt that it's hyponotic quality would suit one side of your musical personality..." Richard Faith, of the setting of Patrick Mcdonough's "The River," which he dedicated to Marion Dickson.