Professor Coghlan has extensive professional credits as a composer, performer, conductor, record producer, and music director. He has worked in a wide range of musical genres and techniques, from medieval and classical to jazz, popular and world music, and computer-based music. A specialist in digital music production, he is known nationally for his work in the development and use of contemporary music technologies in artistic and pedagogical practices. He has designed and led numerous digital music conferences and workshops for music educators and professionals, and frequently acts as consultant to the industry.
Professor Coghlan currently serves as director of the Graduate Program in Music, a role he previously held from 2006 to 2011. He chaired York University’s Department of Music from 1998 to 2007.