Mongolian Khöömii (overtone) singing

Individual lessons, Workshops and Small evening Classes

Facilitated by Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino


Khöömii is an amazing style of harmonic overtone singing where one person sings two or more distinct pitches at the same time. It originates among the nomads of the central Asian plateau, particularly the Altai & Sayan mountain regions of Mongolia and Tuva.

The nomads of these parts have discovered how to sing melodies that arise from the universal overtone or harmonic series.

Listen to your own overtones as you discover the unknown depths and heights of your own voice through these enchanting sounds.


Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino are multi-instrumentalist specializing in Mongolian khöömii (Overtone) singing and have travelled to Mongolia many times. They have principally studied with Tserendaava, a master teacher from Chandman' district, Khovd Province, west Mongolia. Tserendaava & khöömiich Gereltsogt have blessed Michael and Candida to teach the basics of khöömii. They have been doing this for the past 15 years.


Learn Khöömii just like Michael was taught in Tserendavaa’s felt tent (ger) in Chandman’ sum, Mongolia.


“Michael has learnt well and is a fine Khöömiich”  -Tserendavaa, Michael’s teacher

“Michael has learnt the fundamentals of Khöömii”-  Sengedorj Khöömiich from Khovd Theatre

“Michael is Europe's foremost Mongolian khöömii singer” - Brian Lee, Caduceus Magazine.


During the workshops/lesson/class learn the basic Mongolian practices including;

The history of Mongolian Khöömii, The “shakhaltai” voice quality, Palatal/Nasal/lip Khöömii techniques, Voice positioning and resonance

Kharkhiraa/khargiraa (undertone) Singing.

The harmonic series in theory and practice. Listening exercises to sensitise the hearing to the harmonic series

An understanding of melody using the harmonic series. Traditional Mongolian and Tuvan melodies

Western (non traditional) Overtone Singing in practice and its history.

Care and attention to warming up the body and voice ensure a safe passage throughout each session.

It is recommended that a series of individual lessons be booked in order that a method of practice can be established.

Introductory workshops are designed for one or two days. Follow up workshops are recommended

Evening classes can be arranged. They last 2hours and a minimum of six are required.


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