Vaasa City Orchestra, established in 1930, has 31 musicians. It works and performs in the Vaasa City Hall, right in the center of Vaasa. From January 2016 has James Lowe been the chief conductor of the orchestra. Vaasa City Orchestra takes into account different sorts of target audiences. In addition to the traditional concerts the orchestra produces regularly school concert tours in Vaasa and its neighboring municipalities. A free of charge senior concert is organized every year for elderly people.
In addition to giving concerts of its own, the Vaasa City Orchestra has appeared at various festivals (the Ilmajoki Music Festival, Korsholm Music Festival and Lohtaja Church Music Festival). It collaborates with the Vaasa Opera Foundation and Vaasa City Theatre and regularly appears in concert with the Seinäjoki City Orchestra. Joint concerts have also been held with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Umeå Symphony Orchestra and the Pori Sinfonietta. Together with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia the Vaasa City Orchestra is also the orchestra for the Jorma Panula Conducting Competition. The Vaasa City Orchestra has been on tour to Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Sweden, USA and Iceland.