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Barbara Pasqua was 4 years old when she started preparing for a music career. For the next 14 years, she studied voice at the Pittsburgh Playhouse with the goal of studying music at Carnegie Mellon University.
"I wanted to be an opera singer," said Pasqua, 57, assistant law librarian at the Fayette County Law Library.
A standing-room-only crowd listening to her sing the national anthem in a recent courthouse ceremony heard evidence that she could have been a contender.