No. Awakening is a must for a bard. Especially in statics, they will thirst after your tripples - Igniters, Arcanas, Blades, BTs, … just to name a few. It helps so much getting a free bubble every 1min 30s to fit their quicker burst recharge. (taking into consideration you cast it in C+J rota)
Also people here recommending SA for a bard swiftness build. Please do not do that. Your full swift build + your yearning buff will give you full movement speed already. Also the atk speed buff will do nothing for you besides casting speels feel better. That is basically a dead engraving for a swiftness bard.
Regarding your 5th based on your “ds,awa,ha,ex” statement I would go for DoE. It does the most for your group. VPH is nice yes but I never experienced that its really crucial. Maybe for bussing vykas or clown yeah. But not in standard 8 / 4 mans - players should know their stagger rotation by now.
If you really want and feel confident you could swap VPH in for HA.
I have 3 bards right now running spec + DS,Awa,Exp,DoE,VPH on all of them for raiding on farm and bussing. (DS is a topic to change out at some point)
For progressing I use a swiftbuild running DS,Awa,Exp,HA,DoE.