The competition consists of three rounds.
Conductors chosen during the preliminary selection and having been invited to participate in the competition take part in Round I.
According to the decision of the jury:
- no more than eight competitors proceed to Round II;
- no more than four participants proceed to Round III.
The Mixed Choir of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) participates in Round I, the Riga Chamber Choir Ave Sol and the Latvian Radio Choir participate in Round II, the State Choir Latvija, the Mixed Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of JVLMA participate in Round III.
The order of the performance for Round I and title of the composition is chosen by drawing lots before each round.