With the name of AERCIP – Association of Choirs with Popular Inspiration in the Region Emilia Romagna - on 16 May 1971 a small group of Emilian choirs (Leone and Stelutis of Bologna, Monte Toccacielo of Porretta Terme, Giuseppe Verdi of Argenta, Valpadana of Casumaro, Val Dolo of Toano, gave birth to the first regional association, made by choral groups, founded in Italy. A few years later, thanks to the entry of some polyphonic choirs, the association steadily acquired the name of AERCO: Associazione Emiliano Romagnola Cori. The founders then set themselves the goal of finding a moment of collaboration to spread the amateur musical association, to improve with technical initiatives the technical preparation of the directors, to support the activity of the choirs, creating opportunities for concerts and musical meetings in order to facilitate the musical practice among the associates and finally to contribute to strengthening musical research in the regional territory, both in the polyphonic and in the ethnophonic field. The most important projects, festival and events organized by AERCO, at regional level, have been ‘Festival Voci nei Chiostri’ (Voices in the Cloisters Choral Festival), the ‘World Choral Day’, ‘Di Cori un Altro Po’ (Choral Festival for those choirs that are located near the river Po). At provincial level we mention 'Cori @ Mo' (for the Modena choirs), 'Soli Deo Gloria' (for the choirs of Reggio Emilia), 'Le Voci della Terra' (for Parma choirs), the 'Festival dei Cori Piacentini' (for the choirs of Piacenza), the ‘Concerti del Tè’ (for the choirs of Rimini). Furthermore, orther choral festivals for Christmas are organized at provincial level.
PRESIDENT - Andrea Angelini
Official AERCO representation, delegate to the FENIARCO board of directors, chairman of the board of directors and assembly, AERCO Next Steps project manager, assistant to the secretary for administrative and economic matters.
SECRETARY - Stella Bilancioni
Responsible for the relationship with the associated choirs, responsible for administrative and economic matters, responsible for contacts with local authorities, fundraising, relations between the office and the board of directors and the artistic commission, delegate for insurance matters of the members and for the administrative management of the headquarter.
AERCO WEB MANAGER - Valentina Micciancio
Update of the general area of the AERCO website, collaboration with associated choirs for the updating of the pages dedicated to the choirs, relations with FENIARCO for questions related to the website, responsible for the AERCO INTRANET.
SEGRETARIAT MANAGER - Gian Marco Grimandi
Management of associated choirs, insurance management, journal management, drafting administrative documents, managing headquarter (rent, utilities, cleaning), sending information and newsletters, drafting board documents and minutes.(from Monday to Friday 9.30-12.30)