The Kennebec Performing Arts Company started as the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in 1920 under the direction of Ernest Hill, in order to provide musicians in the Kennebec area an opportunity to perform music, develop interest in choral music, the playing of woodwind, brass & percussion instruments and provide public service by presenting concerts and other performances.
Ernest Hill was still actively conducting in the 1960’s at Maine Music Camp on the campus of University of Maine at Farmington, where KPAC members Larry Deblois and Ralph Turner had the privilege of following his baton.
The name, Kennebec Performing Arts Company, KPAC, was chosen to represent the many communities from which its performing members come as well as the variety of musical styles presented.
In the summer of 2004 KPAC and the Augusta Symphony made a decision to separate their organizational structures in order that each may concentrate on its own genre of music. Several talented musicians participate in both organizations and the groups maintain a very strong and mutually beneficial working relationship.